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Graduation at Empire CompuTech

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E CITY and Empire CompuTech Center

Empire CompuTech Center is a Cleveland Municipal School District K-8 magnet school located at 9133 Parmelee Avenue.
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2004-2005 School Year

E CITY offered its second program at Empire CompuTech Middle School this spring.  Due to CMSD budget issues, which called for the elimination of after-school programming, the E CITY class was in jeopardy until Principal Valerie Flowers found a donor who offered to pay the custodial overtime fees three days a week so that the students could stay after school.   E CITY Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher, Peg Zitzner, met with 25 students Tuesdays though Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  During the second week of class, the students created Rice Krispies treats that they sold at the school, along with soda. After graduation, they used the monies raised from the sale for a pizza party. This activity help them learn about the different costs of running a business, and the difference between Start up Costs, Cost of Goods Sold, and Operating Costs. The students also went on a field trip to the Plain Dealer, along with their wholesale trip to Michaels and Costco

The class hard at working together in groups.
Mr. & Mrs. Z with a student at graduation.
During the last two classes, 23 students presented business plans in a preliminary competition.  Six businesses were chosen to present at the final business plan competition, which was held on April 21 in the community room of the Steeplechase Apartments
We thank the following volunteer “coaches” who helped students polish their business ideas in preparation for their presentations, and the judges who rated the presentations and gave feedback to the students .
The winner's working with their business coach
Bilaal Muhammad
Anju Mathew
Tony Searight
Chris Brauser
Keith Seward
Shawn Rech
Frank Ewing
Shelby Johnson
Justin Boyd
Laura Kleinman
Gregg Ferrazza
Andy McCartney
Ken Leventhal
Maurice Small
Jon Wise
Christopher Smith
Reuben Harris
Jim O'Hare
Mark Ansboury
Jeff Nischwitz
Tom Pratt
Scot Rourke
Scott Jared
Kristina Witkowsk
The judges awarded these students cash prizes for their business ideas and presentations.
1st place, $150 -  Mary Harlston, Jorel Horton & Edreece Rodgers
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2nd place, $100 - Ty'Asha Taylor & David Harshaw for "Tyda's Creation"
3rd place, $50 - Brianna Jackson for  "Brianna's Basket Shop"
2003-2004 School Year
This spring E CITY completed its first program at Empire CompuTech Center.  The program, funded by Key Foundation, began on January 28, 2004 and culminated in a business plan competition and graduation on April 8, 2004 where over 50 people, including many parents and family members, were in attendance.  The class, which met after school three days a week, was taught by E CITY’s Associate Director
Empire students at the sales event
and Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher, Nicole Lawrence.  Throughout the program the students had the opportunity to hear success stories from several entrepreneurs and guest speakers; visit the Plain Dealer, WKYC Channel 3 studios, KeyBank and 2 local wholesalers; and learn about stocks, which they tracked using the Wall Street Journal. The students also had a sales event at Wal-Mart on Saturday, March 27th where they made over $630 in sales. Wal-Mart matched each dollar as a donation to E CITY. There were 13 students in this class and 100% of the class successfully graduated from the program. The average attendance was 92%. Valerie Flowers, the principal, was extremely pleased with the success of the program and looks forward to continuing the partnership with E CITY.
1st place winner of $150           Mary Rogers
2nd place winners of $100        Renee LaFortune
3rd place winner of $25 each    Sharda Daniels and Lauren Wilson


Empire Winners with Ms. Lawrence and a Judge

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