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Success Tech student with business coach

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E CITY and Success Tech Academy

SuccessTech Academy is a Cleveland Municipal School District high school located at 1440 Lakeside Avenue.

2005-2006 School Year

This was program number 3 for E CITY and Success Tech!!  Our thanks go out to Principal Johnnie Durant, for welcoming entrepreneurship education in her building again.

We rolled out a new teaching model at Success Tech this year- pairing a school teacher with an entrepreneur.  Together, Darlene Clinkscales (Success Tech teacher and CET) and Tom Boyle (owner of Boyle International Corp.) delivered E CITY’s 70-hour program to a group of 18 students.

Student and coach working on his business plan
The class went on field trips to see the inner workings of Channel 3 Studios and Great Lakes Science Center.  They heard from guest speakers and participated in hands-on activities that helped them understand entrepreneurship
Success Tech Winner and Judges

Special thanks to Channel 3 Studios and to Dick Russ, for hosting the business plan competition and graduation on February 23.  Congratulations to the following student winner:

            Janaya Reynolds           $150         “Remembrance”

            Robbie Crosby               $100        “West Park computer Supplies”

            Isamar Rodrigues           $50          “Personalizing You”

We are very grateful for program funding from these friends, without whom the class would not be possible:

            The United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland

            The Thomas White Foundation

            The Cleveland Foundation

            The George Gund Foundation

            The McDonald Fund of The Cleveland Foundation

2004-2005 School Year
Congratulations to all 13 students who participated in the 70-hour entrepreneurship education program and completed business plans for small business ventures!  We thank Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers, Darlene Clinkscales and Steven Bennett, who were team-teachers for this class, and were very devoted to student success.  Our thanks also go to Principal Johnnie Durant, who embraced the program again, and warmly welcomed E CITY volunteers into her school.
Success Tech students working on their business plans
Our business plan competition was fabulous, due to the remarkable work and creativity of the students.  Our sincere thanks go to Dick Russ, of Channel 3 Studios, for allowing us to hold the event in their lakefront conference room, and for giving inspiration words of encouragement to the students that night.

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded prizes at the business plan competition:

1st place, $150 -  Erica Maines for “AmErica’s Givings”
2nd place, $100 - Shrekka La’Vette for “Nalz of Fire”
3rd place, $50 -   Shantia Crane for “A Touch of Heaven”


         Class and teacher at graduation                      Teacher Steve and Darlene  with Nicole
In addition, we thank these generous volunteers who gave time as business plan coaches:

David Boone

Grerg Ferrazza

Mike French

Chris Hanson

Jennifer Kove

Judy Lucas

Anita Maines

Darell McNair

Allison Motz

Marquettes Robinson

Brad Shrock

Candace Tustan

Gary Wnek

David Williams

Thank you to these volunteers who served as judges at the business plan competition:
Ron Copfer

John Rampe

Mike Shinn

Sam Smith

Carl Walter

2003-2004 School Year

Over forty students applied to participate in the first E CITY program at Success Tech Academy!  Eighteen students were selected for the after-school program which began on September 29th and meets three days a week for 1.5 hours a day.  Steven Bennett, the instructor, became a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher this past summer.  Mr. Bennett is excited about the opportunity to share his prior business experience and knowledge with these eighteen students.  The students presented their business ideas to a panel of judges in a business plan competition on Friday, February 20, 2004.  

2004 Success Tech students & coaches prepare their business plans

1st place winner of $150   Chazz Blackwell
2nd place winners of $100Joseph Neal
3rd place winner of $50    Erika Field
The average test score increase for this program was 29%. The average attendance was 61%.

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