A Partnership with RRISD brings 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 

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,”
“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.” Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement.

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 help fill this need, JACT will bring twenty-five new volunteers to mentor students in the RRISD entrepreneurial programs.