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UCR Offers High School Students Entrepreneurial Education

UCR Offers High School Students Entrepreneurial Education

(May 23, 2000)

The Center for Entrepreneurial Management at the University of California, Riverside recently celebrated the end of EntrePrep 2000, an ongoing program designed to provide talented high school juniors with the skills to be successful entrepreneurs.

Twenty-seven students from high schools in Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley and Laguna Beach completed mentor programs with local entrepreneurs in diverse businesses, including I/O Software, Nature¹s Recipe, Spectrum Communications, MBE Electric and the Orange Blossom Festival.

The students were named "Kauffman Foundation Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholars" at a ceremony on Thursday, May 18. In addition, 15 mentor companies were recognized for their important contributions to EntrePrep 2000.

Funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the EntrePrep Program enables high school juniors to study the entrepreneurial world from inside, earn scholarship money for college and gain independence.

"EntrePrep lays a solid foundation in entrepreneurship on which students can build their future" said Michelle L. Skiljan, assistant director of The Center for Entrepreneurial Management, which is part of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. She said the EntrePrep program operates each year, offering both academic study and 150 hours of practical experience, a concept known as "balanced mentorship."

The University of California, Riverside is one of only a small number of universities implementing EntrePrep. The students and mentors honored for the completion of the EntrePrep Program are listed below:

Ramona High School
Rosanne Arce and Chris Johnson -- Peter Mendoza of MBE Electric of Riverside
Jeremy Pfeifer and Michael Puckett -- Ricki McManuis of the Orange Blossom Festival

Poly High School
Lily Chen and Dustin Cobarrubias -- William Saito of I/O Software of Riverside
Soo Kang and Divya Reddy -- Frank Paytas of DIP, Inc., Riverside

North High School
Bridget Callihan and Jessica Ruvalcaba -- Mike Stull, SBDC, Riverside

Laguna Beach High School
Josh Shapiro -- Steve Lewis, Laguna Coast Publishing

Canyon Springs High School
Sara Capps and Renee Charpentier -- Carl Rowe, Developmental Client Care of Moreno Valley
Pierre Macaso -- Charles Williams of JAD Fitness of Riverside

Santiago High School
Sara Avila and Juan Bahena -- John Monnig, Clear Pack Engineering of Corona
Jacqueline Haas and Jessica Loza -- Dwight Cromie, Altek Group of Riverside

Corona High School
Kylene Bailey and Erica Board -- Jeff Bennett of Nature's Recipe, Corona
Courtny Feller and James Steinmeyer -- Robert Rivera, Spectrum Communications of Corona
Cesar Partida -- Ruby Troncin of Troncin Doors and Windows, Riverside

Arlington High School
James DeSilva -- Ruby Troncin, Troncin Doors, Riverside
Jason Dyogi -- Tom Green, Doors of Distinction, Riverside
Erin Rosa and Mandeep Singh -- Rose Kreise, Best Buy Banner, Riverside.

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