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Teachers at NFTE University

Progress always
 involves risk. You can't
 steal second base and
keep your foot on first-

- Frederick B. Wilcox


Area Educators and E CITY Leaders trained at "NFTE University"

Since June of 2002, E CITY has sent 26 educators and professionals, including E CITY staff, to NFTE University’s Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher (CET) training programs at Carnegie Mellon, Babson, Georgetown, Stanford, and New York University.

NFTE University prepares teachers and youth work professionals to launch NFTE youth entrepreneurship programs at their schools or program sites. Through peer teaching, instructor-

E CITY teachers at training
led sessions, and the creation of a business plan, participants learn how to teach key concepts in the NFTE curriculum. They also receive guidance from NFTE staff on implementation strategies.

This past June, CETs Darlene Clinkscales and Nicole Lawrence received scholarships to attend NFTE’s Advanced Teacher Forum in NYC at NFTE’s headquarters on Wall Street. Rodney Decipeda (CET) attended the program in June 2004 and Peg Zitzner (CET) in June 2003.

In August, E CITY flew in NFTE CETI (Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher Instructor) Katerina Zacharia to do an all day Finance Fest workshop with E CITY’s CETs, apprentices and frequent business plan coaches. Kat, as the students call her, designed this workshop to help CETs better understand and teach the new financial chapters of the latest edition of NFTE’s How to Start & Operate a Small Business curriculum. Kat, no stranger to Cleveland, taught E CITY BizCamps in 2003 & 2004.

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