The main focus in Launchlab and Changelab is leadership and entrepreneurship, we feel real world experiences and engaging activities are the best methods to learn these skills. We use real world problems to foster an entrepreneurial mindset, and many of our students start and own their own business during this program, which we fully support in developing with them. After students gain experiences running their own entrepreneurial venture, we also partner with community organizations and address problems the students select in the community.
If this is you and you seek out new challenges, then CHANGElab is for you. You are in control of your future and CAL can help you create your way to success. CHANGElab is a two year course which takes you through identifying problems and developing solutions, but also creating a social action project that addresses a problem in the community with a viable solution.
MATH FOR BUSINESS (Statistics)
This class introduces students to statistical thinking and how it is used for tackling uncertainty and ambiguity in business situations. It hones students’ critical thinking abilities, showing data from subtle patterns in life. The teaching approach uses many hands-on experiments with real world situations. Some specific concepts and techniques are descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and variability, time series, probability, random variables, distribution types, inferences, estimation and hypothesis testing, regression, correlation and an introduction to the use of computers in statistical analysis.
LAUNCH PAD & LAUNCH LAB (2 block courses)
There is one focus…to teach students how to be entrepreneurs (starting and running businesses) by creating real companies. After developing the mindset of an entrepreneur, we focus on building student-led, student-owned companies by addressing realworld problems with viable business solutions. As students bring their ideas into existence (we help brainstorm) they learn the elements of business development and leadership around subjects like brand identity, product development, prototyping, market research, production, advertising, employee management, and accounting. These hands-on classes relay heavily on fieldwork (outside of high school) and use real business leaders as educators, speakers, and mentors. Students also have the unique opportunity to participate in city-wide presentations, events, and business competitions!
This class is not a typical Personal Finance class, as it ventures (no pun intended) beyond basic money management with savings accounts, check books, and loans to focus on entrepreneurial thinking with finance. Specific lessons focus on how people make money work for them through various investing methods, active vs. passive income, and other wealth building techniques.
LAUNCH LAB 2+
This course continues from junior year, further honing the business ventures using more advanced strategies and new areas such as basic economic principles, international business, law, and overall leadership. These hands-on classes relay heavily on fieldwork (outside of high school) and use real business leaders as educators, speakers, and mentors. Students also have the unique opportunity to participate in city-wide presentations, events, and business competitions!
This class is a culmination of all previous entrepreneurship work, where students become social entrepreneurs and use their skills to address a societal problem by partnering with an existing community-based organization to create a sustainable, viable solution.