Small business certifications prepare MCSD students for workforce

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that more than 7,500 students statewide have earned an entrepreneurship and small business certification (ESB) over the last year.The certifications are part of Florida’s goal to be the best state in the nation for workforce education by 2030.Never miss anything: Sign up for personalized newsletters and alerts from WPBF 25 NewsThose numbers include nearly 300 students in the Martin County School District. “This is my logo. I designed it myself while I was in business class, ”said Sara Suleiman, a senior at Jensen Beach High School.Sara Suleiman is already a small business owner, doing clothing alterations under the business name, Seams by Sara.“ I wanted to not only start this because I knew there was a market for it because I’m just genuinely so passionate about it, ”Suleiman said. She said she got the idea from teacher Brent Mahieu in his Entrepreneurship Academy classes at Jensen Beach High School. The course teaches students everything they need to know to succeed in business and is one of the school district’s Career and Technical Education programs.This year, there’s a new component, a chance to get an entrepreneurship and small business certification from Certiport. something that quite honestly, is definitely fitting exactly what we’re looking to get accomplished with the academy. Creating students that can enter the workforce with problem solving critical thinking skills, ”Mahieu said.This school year, the district aligned itself with the state’s goal for workforce education and used grant money from the Florida Department of Education’s Entrepreneurship Education and Training Grant to get students in its Career and Technical Education programs prepared for the certification test.So far, 107 students at Jensen Beach High School, 128 students at Martin County High School, and 41 students at South Fork High School have been certified, including Suleiman and Alex Wernick . “I’m looked at like when applying for a job, not just as a regular 18-year-old student but actually someone that is worth hiring,” said Wernick, a senior at Martin County High School.Mahieu said the certification is a resume builder, a way to stand out on college applications, and for some, it’s the first step towards starting their own business. “This is not just a piece of paper that lasts me a ye ar or two, it’s for life and on a resume it will show that I went above and beyond compared to my peers, ”Suleiman said.To help even more students earn their ESB certifications, the district plans to get additional teachers on board and equip them with the ins and outs of entrepreneurship so they can teach those important lessons.Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that more than 7,500 students statewide have earned an entrepreneurship and small business certification (ESB) over the last year.

The certifications are part of Florida’s goal to be the best state in the nation for workforce education by 2030.

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Those numbers include nearly 300 students in the Martin County School District.

“This is my logo. I designed it myself while I was in business class, ”said Sara Suleiman, a senior at Jensen Beach High School.

Sara Suleiman is already a small business owner, doing clothing alterations under the business name, Seams by Sara.

“I wanted to not only start this because I knew there was a market for it because I’m just genuinely so passionate about it,” Suleiman said.

She said she got the idea from teacher Brent Mahieu in his Entrepreneurship Academy classes at Jensen Beach High School. The course teaches students everything they need to know to succeed in business and is one of the school district’s Career and Technical Education programs.

This year, there’s a new component, a chance to get an entrepreneurship and small business certification from Certiport.

“This is something that quite honestly, is definitely fitting exactly what we’re looking to get accomplished with the academy. Creating students that can enter the workforce with problem solving critical thinking skills, ”Mahieu said.

This school year, the district aligned itself with the state’s goal for workforce education and used grant money from the Florida Department of Education’s Entrepreneurship Education and Training Grant to get students in its Career and Technical Education programs prepared for the certification test.

So far, 107 students at Jensen Beach High School, 128 students at Martin County High School, and 41 students at South Fork High School have been certified, including Suleiman and Alex Wernick.

“I’m looked at like when applying for a job, not just as a regular 18-year-old student but actually someone that is worth hiring,” said Wernick, a senior at Martin County High School.

Mahieu said the certification is a resume builder, a way to stand out on college applications, and for some, it’s the first step towards starting their own business.

“This is not just a piece of paper that lasts me a year or two, it’s for life and on a resume it will show that I went above and beyond compared to my peers,” Suleiman said.

To help even more students earn their ESB certifications, the district plans to get additional teachers on board and equip them with the ins and outs of entrepreneurship so they can teach those important lessons.

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