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Embracing Their Entrepreneurial Spirit

Embracing Their Entrepreneurial Spirit

Last week, eight students in Honors Introduction to Entrepreneurship participated in a full-day Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Challenge at Bentley University against students from across the state.

Students at Bentley University

The students were walked through the design process by current Bentley students and faculty members. They were welcomed by the current President of the University, Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite.

The Honors Introduction to Entrepreneurship course, taught by Mr. Matthew Sansoucie '06 (Math, Business, & Technology Teacher), provides students with a solid foundation in terms of the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global economy. 

Mr. Matthew Sansoucie '06

As the day went along, students began developing projects that helped address a major concern in their local community or a concern on a more global scale.

"We had two groups of students compete," states Mr. Sansoucie.

"One group developed an idea for a filter that would be placed at river mouths to help prevent the harmful effects of chemicals such as nitrogen and phosphorus spilling into the ocean."

"The second group created a project aimed a little closer to home by developing a solar powered busing company that would provide affordable and environmentally friendly transport to lower income citizens right here in Lawrence."

Students presenting

The NitroFilter Project Team

  • Shreya Banerjee '23
  • Eva Coutu '23
  • Megan Linzer '23
  • Emily Ryan '23
Students at table working on project

"Not only did they create an incredibly creative and innovative product with significant implications," notes Mr. Sansoucie, "but they realized the importance of designing a process for how to test this on a small scale in minor waterways first before implementing this on a larger scale in places such as the Mississippi River."

Students presenting

The Bus4Us Project Team

  • Stephanie Chamoun '23
  • Sarah Isaak '23
  • Andrew Kriner '23
  • James Reagan '23
Students at table working on project

"I loved how they realized the importance transportation has in giving lower income people access to everyday necessities such as jobs and groceries," states Mr. Sansoucie.

"To be able to provide that while simultaneously decongesting roads and helping the environment, they created a project that helps on so many levels."

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Last year, Entrepreneurship students participated in another innovative program at Central Catholic.

Raider News: Introducing the Raider "Shark Tank"

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Dual Enrollment & Syracuse University Project Advance

Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level courses offered by our extensive AP Program with the College Board and by our dual enrollment programs with Syracuse University and Southern New Hampshire University.

Central Catholic partners with Syracuse University and Southern New Hampshire University to offer dual enrollment courses to CCHS students, giving them the opportunity to earn both college credit and CCHS credit for a course taken at CCHS and taught by a CCHS faculty member.

The Honors Introduction to Entrepreneurship course, taught by Mr. Matthew Sansoucie '06 (Math, Business, & Technology Teacher), provides students with a solid foundation in terms of the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global economy. The course is offered for dual enrollment with Syracuse University, so students have the opportunity to earn both college credit and CCHS credit. 

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About Honors Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Course #773)

Welcome to the entrepreneurial revolution! This introductory course is intended to provide students with a solid foundation in terms of the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global economy.

During this semester, students will assess, explore, critique, and celebrate the phenomenon of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is approached as a way of thinking and acting, as an attitude and a behavior.

The emphasis will be on entrepreneurship as a manageable process that can be applied in virtually any organizational setting. Moreover, our interest is in sustainable entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship over the life cycles of people’s careers, of organizations as they evolve from start-up enterprise to sizeable corporation, and of societies as they move from undeveloped to post-industrial. However, our principal focus will be on the creation of new ventures, the ways that they come into being, and factors associated with their success.

You will be encouraged to develop and defend your own set of conclusions regarding each of these issues. It is also a course that integrates a number of different disciplines, ranging from sociology and psychology to economics, finance, marketing, and human resource management. Further, this course will integrate theory with practice, and students will be challenged to apply principles, concepts and frameworks to real world situations.

Raider Entrepreneur Connections

Mr. Radhames Nova '93

President and CEO of Junior Achievement of New England

The Entrepreneurship Challenge was offered by Junior Achievement. 

Our very own Radhames Nova '93 is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement of New England.

He is an Executive Committee member of the CCHS Board of Directors, and his two daughters are students at Central Catholic.  

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Career Exploration: Tech Entrepreneur

On October 11, 2022, Jeff Durso '90, a graduate of MIT and a noted tech entrepreneur, will be speaking with students as part of our Career Exploration Speaker Series.

About Jeff Durso '90

  • Founder: World Reach, Conversion Associates, CTO    
  • Co-Founder: Blitzer,
  • Launched 15+ startup companies   

Central Catholic's Career Exploration Speaker Series provides the opportunity for students to:

  • attend career-focused presentations by a professional in the field
  • ask specific questions
  • make connections with that professional

Students, Click Here to Register

About Career Exploration

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Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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