Tecumseh Vista Academy launches new entrepreneurial program

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Windsor Star/Dave Waddell

 

Tecumseh Vista student Ben Arquette-Jumel has more than just an entrepreneurial spirit — he already is a small business owner.

What he isn’t is experienced, so the Tecumseh school’s new e-STEAM program will provide just the type of structure needed to harness a creative spirit.

“It’s going to be a great addition to the school,” said Jumel-Arquette, who founded the 3D printing firm Printable Canada with a friend from Assumption high school in February.

“It’s going to help students learn from an entrepreneurial aspect and get students out of the traditional classroom and get some hands-on experience.”

The e-STEAM program, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Ontario, focuses on entrepreneurship in the areas of science, technology, engineering the arts and math.

 

It’ll be open to students from Grade 9 through Grade 12 with attempts being made to involve the lower grades at the school when possible.

The program will include classroom credits, experiential learning opportunities, collaborative projects, an entrepreneurial centre, field trips, partnerships in the community and scholarships. Next year the school will serve as host for a major conference.

Partnering with the Greater Essex County District School Board on the project are the University of Windsor, the EPICentre, Hackforge, WEtech Alliance, Workforce WindsorEssex and the Small Business Centre Windsor Essex.

“It’ll give me more experience and the know-how to properly run my business,” he said. “Obviously I’m learning on the go right now, teaching myself.”