Real World Lessons Propel Virtual Enterprise Class

Left to right: Dylan Rehman and Maxwell Morris with their Virtual Enterprise teacher Ms. Sandy Steuber.
Left to right: Dylan Rehman and Maxwell Morris with their Virtual Enterprise teacher Ms. Sandy Steuber.

On October 19th, Walt Whitman High School students Dylan Rehman and Maxwell Morris represented their Virtual Enterprise teams at the Virtual Enterprise Kickoff and competition at LIU Post.

Students from 83 virtual firms from across Long Island competed in the regional 30-60 second elevator pitch competition. Senior Dylan Rehman competed for ‘Apollo Corp,’ a lifestyle company that uses innovative technology to maximize your day-to-day potential. “Our Virtual Enterprise (VE) Class is not like any other class at Whitman right now,” said Dylan. “When you create your own business, you get that ‘real world’ experience that’s not taught in a classroom.” Maxwell Morris, also a senior, competed for ‘Onward Venture Forward,’ a start-up technology company. “Our products are meant to save the customer valuable time that can be better spent, like with family,” said Maxwell.  “I really like how our VE Class allows you to understand the field of business and it teaches you valuable lessons about how to start a business.”

“The Whitman Virtual Enterprise class is all about real-world experiences, it teaches you about hard deadlines and in the real business world, learning that lesson is really important,” said VE Teacher Ms. Sandy Steuber.   “The class teaches accountability, being able to articulate their sales pitch and presence. When you’re in a room with your competition, presence can be all important, so there’s a lot of intrinsic and intuitive lessons that come from this class.”

‘Don’t come to me as your teacher with your first question, come to me as your teacher with your 5th or 6th question and show me that you have done some investigating of your own. In the real world, you can’t go to your boss with every question you have, you need to have done the research and back-work first and that’s one of the biggest lessons I try to teach on a daily basis.

Dylan and Maxwell did an unbelievable job representing their companies and South Huntington’s Virtual Enterprise program. We should be hearing more about them and the other talented VE students who are excelling in this class as the year progresses.