Grow Wabash County Partners with Southwood HS for Updated Business & Marketing Curriculum

WABASH COUNTY, IN (October 1, 2019) – Grow Wabash County & Southwood High School are excited to announce their new partnership to update the Business and Marketing course curriculum at Southwood High School for the 2019-20 school year.

Kari Johnson, the business and marketing teacher at Southwood HS, has been working for the past year with the team at Grow Wabash County to partner with their Innovate @ INGUARD entrepreneurship program to bring some of the entrepreneurship initiatives they’ve created into her Southwood HS programming.  During this time, Johnson realized that while the current curriculum was serving its purpose that updates were needed.   Looking to the 2019-20 school year, Johnson converted the Marketing class to a Dual Credit class, but to do that a textbook was needed.  “My marketing class has not had a textbook since the year I started teaching it, and my Intro to Business class has had the same book for years – and it’s a challenge.  Technology and our subject matter are constantly changing.  This opportunity to partner with Grow Wabash County to give our students these necessary tools and open up our options that much more is amazing.  I would like to thank Grow Wabash County for our partnership” Johnson said.

“As an organization that works with our business leaders everyday I get a chance to see how important this type of curriculum at the K-12 level is,” said Keith Gillenwater, President & CEO of Grow Wabash County.   “The program at Southwood is great, and it is a pleasure to be able to create a partnership to help support their business students and young entrepreneurs.”  The class enrollment has grown for this year to 45 students, doubling in size from just a year ago.   Additionally, 15 of these students are now working on earning college credits in the class.   “I look forward to working with the classes as we gear up for the 2020 Innovate WithIN and INnovate Wabash County pitch competitions,” Gillenwater said.

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