CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students are gearing up for life beyond the classroom with a special organization.
The Junior Achievement program helps kids in grades K-12 understand business and finance. Many NBC Charlotte spoke with say the program has been an eye opening experience.
It generally last seven weeks but it seems to be making a lasting impact.
Junior Achievement president Sarah Cherne is just wrapping up a section of the program at Harding University High School in Ms. Shannon Monroe's class.
"Coming here, we all think, we're not going to learn anything involving real life, but she really helped us with real life situations," said junior Sierra Bradley.
Monroe says she can see the lessons are making a real difference.
"We have students who don't know what they want to do and then Ms. Cherne has had them decide that yes, I probably am an entrepreneur," she said.
Many of the students are encouraged to come up with a business plan and then work to follow it through with marketing ideas and strategy.
"I want to major in psychology and I want to own my own business as a psychologist for children," said Bradley.
Other students, like senior Rodrigo Cruz, said the Junior Achievement program helped him focus.
"I think it raised my awareness about the current economic situation. And it also helped me have a better grasp on how to get a job because many of those things in the past were just floating around in my head."