A partnership between business and technology students is resulting in hands-on education in production, in a business run by students.

At Middleton High School, the engineering-technology and business education departments are partnering in a joint business venture to manufacture and market products. The student run business is called Cardinal Enterprise, and manages all aspects of operation, from ordering materials and budgeting to distribution.  The class has the same name as the business.

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“I’ve had an interest in all facets of business and manufacturing,” said junior Sean Bertalot. “This is more than a simulation.”

The business has two products ready for purchase.  One is a wooden puzzle cube that sells for $10. Another is an aluminum hitch cover with the Cardinal mascot, which costs $35.  Custom lettering can be had for $40. Upcoming items include a portable folding red cedar table, and a flip top grill with a stainless steel grate.

The profits will go to the class for future expenses.  Some money from grill sales will be donated to Middleton Outreach Ministry.

The class lasts for a semester, and the plan is to make it a year long class next year.  Students had to apply for the class, and approximately 40 students are currently enrolled.

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