Entrepreneurial Program

  • Business suit icon"My daughter graduated in 2012, and I was more than confident that she had all the skills needed to succeed in whatever she chose to do after WMAES. I am proud to be a WMAES Eagle Mom."
    -- April Nelson - Parent and Staff

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science’s Entrepreneurship Program aims to foster creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit within the school environment. Students selected for this program have the opportunity to solve a problem in the environmental product life cycle by creating a sustainable business venture. As the culmination project for the Entrepreneurial Program, students participate in the Make A Pitch contest. The winner of this contest will receive a $1,000 award to be used for post high school studies.

Program Objectives

  • Students learn from local business owners through field trips, case studies, and a mentoring experience
  • Students innovate new products by using materials typically wasted in the environmental product life cycle
  • Students produce a business plan with detailed financial, marketing, and research data
  • Students acquire the skills to pilot their own entrepreneurial venture
  • Student learning is achieved through hands on and experiential learning practices
Currently, student developed products are being sold at the WMAES Eagle Shack. The Eagle Shack is a mobile school store with a twist because it offers products created by the Entrepreneurial Program along with basic school supplies. Currently the Eagle Shack is managed by two seniors in the program. Operating the Eagle Shack provides a hands on understanding of marketing and management.