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College Credit: Nine or more college credit hours, progressing toward an industry-recognized degree or credential.

Entrepreneurial Experiences: Students identify a compelling social or market problem and mobilize resources to research and solve it. Leveraging input and support from multiple stakeholders, students frame, research, analyze, prototype, implement, reflect, and adapt potential solutions. Outputs of MVA-level entrepreneurial experiences include a stakeholder research summary, a "business plan", and feedback from relevant external stakeholders obtained through exhibition or "shark-tank' type pitch

Industry-Recognized Credentials (Regionally Vetted IRCs): These are credentials that are recognized in industry and validate the student's knowledge and employability skills in a specific industry. 

Client-Connected Projects: Learners analyze and solve authentic problems, working in collaboration with other learners and professionals from industry, not-for-profit, civic or community-based organizations. Work involves authentic methods and tools used by professionals in the work environment. Experience includes mentoring and evaluation by working professionals. Output is viewed as value-added by external stakeholders and resume-worthy

Internships: Learners perform meaningful job tasks at a worksite or approved location, under the guidance of a qualified supervisor.

  • Should qualify for high school and/or college credit and/or be paid.
  • Minimum 120 hours within a calendar year, at least 60 onsite.
  • Performance is evaluated by the work manager in addition to an educator.
  • Internship completion substantive enough to be included on students’ LinkedIn and/or resume.