Met School’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Students place first and second in regionals and advance to national NFTE competition for the second year in-a-row

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Met School is proud to announce that Juniors Diana Sutherland and Jeira Titin placed first and second respectively at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England regional competition. Diana’s and Jeira’s business plans were selected from over 1,500 entrants to advance to the NFTE National Competition in New York City in October 2012. “This is the second year that Met students have been honored with the first and second place awards at the New England regionals,” states Jodie Woodruff, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “Congratulations to these young ladies and to the Met School! A huge thank you to our community mentors and especially our supporters at CVS Caremark.”

Diana Sutherland of The Garage Recording Studio presented her business plan to develop a high quality music recording studio for artists which is affordable and easily accessible. She was honored with the Ernst and Young Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for New England and won $1000.00 plus two round trip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines.

Jeira Titin of Por’ Usted Creat presented her plan for healthier, lower calorie customized cupcakes. As a second place winner, Jeira won $750.00 to help develop her business.

Jeira and Diana will present in NYC in October at the NFTE National Competition. Forty students from across the nation will present their business plans, competing for $5000 in start-up funds for their businesses.

About The Met

The Metropolitan
 Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) is a state funded, public school that serves 720 high school students in six small schools across three campuses in Rhode Island. Its mission is to educate and empower youth through relentless commitment to student-centered learning and personal growth. Its vision is to lead vital change in education and impact our community by producing skilled graduates, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens who enjoy their lives and work.

About Big Picture Learning
The Met is a Big Picture Learning school. The Met School innovative design has been replicated in 52 schools in the US and 50 in the Netherlands, Australia and Canada. Big Picture Leaning, a leader in personalized education, is a non-profit in Providence, RI that leads this scale up movement.

About The Met School’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The mission of The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is to cultivate, encourage and support new entrepreneurs in the spirit of innovation by engaging students in a rigorous, hands-on exploration.

The Met’s Entrepreneurship 360 (E360) course is a 60-hour program for students during which they learn about business concepts, intern with a local business and write a business plan. Students then have the opportunity to present their business plan to a panel of venture capitalists who can potentially fund their project. Several students each year are funded to start their own unique businesses. The students learn and sharpen their skills in the areas of work ethic, self-motivation, determination, confidence, perseverance and the ability to take measured risk.  The Met Center is the only stand -alone entrepreneurship center for high school students in the country.

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