Round Rock Chamber Announces Increased Levels of Entrepreneurship Education

Partnership with RRISD and JACT fosters entrepreneurship opportunities for students

The Round Rock Chamber today announced a partnership with Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) and Junior Achievement of Central Texas (JACT) to bring select entrepreneurship curriculum to four comprehensive high schools in the district. In order to prepare its next generation of business leaders, the entrepreneurship program is designed to equip youth with the positive traits associated with successful entrepreneurs, such as independence, resilience, business acumen, and more.

“RRISD has offered some level of entrepreneurship coursework in the past, but this addition to our curriculum will increase the depth and breadth of entrepreneurship education within the district,” RRISD Director of Career and Technical Education Sherri Bonds stated.

The courses are being offered this school year through the RRISD Academy programs. The entrepreneurship capstone course in the marketing tract will now go from one semester to an entire year-long class during the student’s senior year.

“As the chamber continues its work to develop a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community, ensuring that youth have access to this critical curriculum is a major win,” said Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement. “Junior Achievement programs have been changing lives for almost one hundred years. Their curriculum is excellent and continues to evolve to remain relevant in today’s society, and we appreciate RRISD’s willingness to embrace it.”

“One feature that sets Junior Achievement apart is its model of recruiting, training, and empowering volunteers,” said Kristin Gossett, JACT president. “Our capacity to organize and support volunteers means representatives from the business community have the backing they need to be involved in local schools.”

Last year, the chamber launched its REV UP Round Rock community entrepreneurship strategy. One of the nine recommendations from the white paper includes cultivating K-12 partnerships to foster entrepreneurship opportunities for students. To read the entire REV UP Round Rock strategy, click here.

JACT will need twenty-five new volunteers to mentor students in the RRISD entrepreneurial programs. If you would like to learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement.