Led by Apex Friendship High School (AFHS) teacher Dan Jackson in collaboration with KIETS Associate Director Raj Narayan, the Applied Synergies Partnership (ASaP) High School Entrepreneurship program enables entrepreneurial and leadership skills in high school students in partnership with the NC State TEC Program faculty in the Poole College of Management. Since the program’s inception in 2016, 99% of the 233students who have participated in the program and took the state-mandated end-of-course-assessment met or exceeded the test proficiency levels.
From January through June 2020, ASaP worked with the NC State TEC Program, KIETS, and Leslie Scott to develop the Guide to Experiential Entrepreneurship (GEE), a hands-on curriculum that blends the NCDPI Entrepreneurship Standards, NC State TEC algorithm and Dr. Tony Wagner’s 7 Survival Skills as informed in his 2008 book The Global Achievement Gap. With the onset of COVID-19 and transition to virtual learning in high school classrooms, the GEE has also been adapted into an online curriculum platform and, in addition to Mr. Jackson, three other teachers implemented the curriculum in Buncombe County, Surry County and Wake County in the Fall 2020 semester. KIETS Associate Director Raj Narayan serves on the board of directors of the ASaP nonprofit established in 2019 and as a mentor to the entrepreneurship students.