C-NS high school students visit Syracuse business to learn about entrepreneurship
An added perk to enrolling in the Cicero-North Syracuse High School's entrepreneurship class is the hands-on experience the students will acquire, according to Linda Dwyer, C-NS business teacher of 16 years.
One of the more recent field trips for the business students was a visit to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, located at 246 W. Willow St., Syracuse. There is also a Dinosaur location in Rochester and New York City.
The Syracuse location, owned by John Stage, has been in business since 1988 at the very same Willow Street location. Stage met with the 80 students in the entrepreneurship class Wednesday morning Nov. 18 at his restaurant to host a question and answer session. The students also enjoyed lunch at the barbecue joint.
This high school class is like no other for a few reasons. Teamed up with Syracuse University, students that complete the course will earn four equivalent college credits that they will receive in an SU transcript at the end of the year. The credits can be transferred to any higher education institution.
C-NS is also the only school in the state to be a part of the Syracuse University Project Advance program that involves college credit earning opportunities, according to Dwyer.
The high school curriculum has recently been reorganized to better reflect that of the university's. During this past summer, Dwyer said the high school and the university worked together to make sure that the books and materials being used for both classes were the same.
SU professors also visit the high school classes to give added instruction throughout the year.
"The partnership with SU is really great," Dwyer said.
The only difference is that the high school students have an entire school year to cover the material, while the SU students complete the same entrepreneurship class in one semester.