Dec. 16, 2005
Seventy students from Morningside’s “Discover Entrepreneurship” classes recently presented the Junior Achievement (JA) curriculum on free enterprise, business, and economics to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade from Mater Dei Schools in Sioux City.
The JA curriculum consists of five age-appropriate lessons with six sequential themes designed to augment the school’s current social studies curriculum. The themes include “Ourselves,” “Our Families,” “Our Communities,” Our City,” “Our Region,” and “Our Nation.” The Morningside students presented the concepts and then engaged the elementary students in hands-on activities designed to enhance learning.
This year is the fourth year Morningside students have assisted in presenting the JA curriculum to Siouxland schoolchildren. The project fulfills the service-learning component of Morningside’s curriculum.
“The JA curriculum is a good fit for our business students. It gives them a structure in which to help others while highlighting the need for market and economic education in the community,” said Dr. Pam Mickelson, professor of business and economics and director of Morningside’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education.
JA of Siouxland, Inc. has been a partner in Morningside’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education since 2001 and the college’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) since 2003. Mickelson and Dr. Doug Livermore, professor of business and economics, teach the “Discover Entrepreneurship” class.