FVHS Virtual Enterprise Courses Launch Online Businesses
Writers’ Note: Katy Nguyen and Brian Pham are enrolled in the fourth period Virtual Enterprise class.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Fountain Valley High School’s virtual business class, like many other elective courses, has moved all of its activities online.
VE is a regional professional program class that allows students to start and operate their own businesses and participate in competitions.
This year VE is divided into two distinct classes: a zero period and a fourth period. Although both courses are run by Sarah McCance, a business professor, they have their own businesses.
“With the popularity and success of Virtual Enterprise in recent years, we have been fortunate to interview enough applicants to fill two competitive classes,” said McCance. “FV has such brilliant and amazing students, we wanted more to have the opportunity to have such a dynamic course.”
Fillosophy is the zero period VE class with Vinh Tran senior as CEO. Their business revolves around a mobile charging station for household items, such as hand soaps, dish soap and detergents.
“We currently have four trailers rotating in Orange County, located around farmers markets, college dorms, etc., to help bring comfort to those who want to start or continue to be more environmentally friendly. “said Shayla Pham, General Manager Officer of Fillosophy.
MINED is the fourth VE period class with Natalie Papazian senior as the CEO. Their company is a clothing brand that sells denim products made from recycled plastic bottles.
“With the impact of plastics on the environment, our mission is to reduce plastic waste while providing our consumers with fashionable products,” said Papazian. “MINED is actually denim spelled backwards, because we are turning the industry upside down! “
Despite the absence of the usual trade shows and competitions, both classes quickly adapted to VE in a virtual setting.
“We did a great job as a class to make this situation work and make the most of it,” Pham said. “It is also very disappointing that we probably do not have the opportunity to do field trips for trade shows this year, especially for older people new to the class, as they have not been able to do so. to experience it last year. “
While there is additional competition to have two separate classes to represent FVHS, students in each of the classes are thrilled with what the rest of the year has in store for them.
“This year has started off amazingly. I am so grateful that our team has already created a strong bond; Personally, I think it allows us to work more efficiently, ”Papazian said. “We have all worked diligently to ensure that our entire company is constantly striving to do the best we can and I could not be more proud of the progress we have made.
McCance is also excited to work with new students in the classes and is impressed with the amount of effort each one puts into it.
“Being online has been a challenge in the way we compete and our team buildings have been different, but I think it’s also a good lesson for all of us to learn new things and adapt to it. that’s going on around us, ”McCance said.