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Fair Preps Students for Careers

Hundreds of students from dozens of schools throughout the state participated in the Long Beach Regional Occupational Program’s third Virtual Enterprise Trade Fair recently at the Long Beach Convention Center. Virtual Enterprise is a high school-based program that allows students to develop and run simulated businesses, preparing them for the world of work. Each high school in the district offers such classes, which meet the A-G requirements for admission to state universities. Virtual businesses trade their services and products during the semester and compete in contests at virtual trade fairs throughout the state and the world. At the event, guests and judges spent virtual dollars to buy services and products. The judges, a select group of Long Beach business partners and educational leaders, scored the virtual businesses in competitions based on a series of professional criteria. Students competed in such categories as Most Creative, Most Professional, Best Salesmanship, Best Company Catalog, Best Job Interview or Resume, Best Mission and Vision Statement, Best Marketing Plan, Best Company Newsletter, Best Television Commercial and Best Webpage. New at this year’s event were 30-minute professional development sessions modeled after training provided at traditional business conferences.
VIRTUAL REALITY — Millikan High School senior Rene Delgadillo, left, conducts a virtual business transaction with a passer-by at the annual Virtual Trade Fair as classmate Artemio Palencia looks on. Virtual Enterprise classes help students to meet college entrance requirements while preparing them for the realities of the working world.