1999-10-16 / Columnists

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The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

Far Rockaway High School has been chosen to participate in the Virtual Enterprises International Program of the Board of Education. The program involves students in a simulated (or "virtual") business and allows them to perform as virtual employees in this virtual business environment.

The program makes full use of the internet technology recently installed at our school, as students found a business, make decisions, develop sales and marketing strategies, conduct meetings and generate the documents and information necessary to do business with local, national and international Virtual Enterprises.

Other schools that are part of the program become suppliers and/or clients and customers of our company, which, at Far Rockaway H.S., manufactures clothing. ETC!, Inc. is our virtual company's name. It trades with Virtual Enterprises at 52 other New York City High Schools and 3000 other schools throughout the world. The program is supervised at FRHS by Ms. Barbara Saber of the Business Department.

Twenty students make up the staff of ETC!. All are taking workshops at the Virtual Enterprise Center, based at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan. Eight students are also taking business courses on Friday afternoons at Pace College or Baruch College of the City of New York. Successful completion of the courses will result in college credit for each student as well as increased business capability. Students are being trained to work both individually and as team members to fulfill the responsibilities and tasks associated with the virtual business. They are being given the opportunity to develop initiative, creativity and responsibility as well as to enhance their oral and written communications skills.

High school fair recruits students:

Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 are the dates for the New York City High School Fair, to be held at La Guardia High School. FRHS will have a table at the fair, representing our school with program descriptions, creative artwork and a specially-made PowerPoint demonstration. Principal Thomas Cunningham is dedicated to recruiting good students from all over the city. He has been meeting with local intermediate school students and staffs to explain our new standards and goals, most recently at I.S. 202.

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