Alyssa Van Duyse Chippewa Valley Technical College
More than 20 high school freshmen from Altoona, Cadott, Bloomer and Elk Mound schools have signed Certificates of Intent to begin the Business Management Academy at Chippewa Valley Technical College in a few weeks at the start of the fall semester.
The road is not easy. Students in the program attend their high school classes as well as virtual classes for CVTC. During the summer, students also attend CVTC virtually for three hours, two days a week.
But Sunem Beaton-Garcia, president of the college, said the hard work was worth it.
“Who thinks of owning their own business one day?” Beaton-Garcia asked the students. Some raised their hands. “Now is your chance to start that dream. We are here to help in any way we can.
If students successfully complete each course in the program, they will graduate from CVTC in 2026 with their Associate Degree in Business Management.
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CVTC launched the Business Management Academy in 2017. Typically, students who complete the program graduate from college before graduating from high school.
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