Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies
Entrepreneurship & Global Studies: An Unmatched Educational Opportunity
WMA's dedication to entrepreneurship and global studies reflects our mission to promote the social, intellectual and worldly growth of our students. We strive to stimulate and engage the curiosities and passions of our motivated learners. In fact, Wilbraham & Monson Academy is one of the only college prep schools in Massachusetts with a fully integrated Entrepreneurship & Global Studies program.
The world we live in is fast-paced, ever-evolving and globalizing. It's important now more than ever to teach students about the inter-relational nature of people, organizations and economies. That's where the Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies (CEGS) comes into play.
WMA's Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies: A Cornerstone for Future Global Leaders
CEGS is designed to prepare students for a rapidly changing interdependent and interconnected world. To equip our students with the innovative, creative and critical thinking skills they'll need, we offer a large selection of courses from faculty with a broad range of experience. The department brings a wealth of professional experience in their own fields as well as other fields, including economic development, higher education, energy and environmental management, business consulting, media creation, international development and entrepreneurship.
WMA is a founding member of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG), an organization that promotes nationwide standards in global education. The curriculum within our entrepreneurship and global studies center spans everything from economics and finance to social entrepreneurship and diplomacy. It also includes classes taught in the Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center. This center explores global financial markets through hands-on trading. These courses masterfully facilitate learning as students discover different communities, economies and cultures all around the world.
As our students begin to explore and understand global issues, WMA is dedicated to guiding their entrepreneurial spirits. It's our independent school's belief that the road to a sustainable, successful and purposeful future hinges on understanding the globalizing world. Through cultivating CEGS, we're also helping to nurture the next generation of global leaders.
Unique Opportunities for Connection
CEGS offers many connection-oriented events to strengthen our students' lifelong commitment to learning. Conferences, chances to contribute to publications, opportunities to travel the world and guest speaker panels are just a few examples. This element of our Entrepreneurship and Global Studies program encourages students to personally connect with people, ideas and worldwide problems. Our college prep school here in Massachusetts emphasizes all of the above.
Elevated Experiential Learning
There's no better way to explore global studies than through immersive, experiential learning. Each year, WMA offers various education-based trips all over the world. Areas of focus include business and design, sustainability, visual arts, cultural exchange, community service and language immersion. Every trip is an extension of what students learn in our premier prep school classrooms in Massachusetts. During these trips, students earn the opportunity to apply their learning through real-world experiences, which guarantees a whole new level of learning and understanding.
The Tinkering Place: A Space for Exploration and Discovery
WMA is a private school in Massachusetts with a tinkering place. This workshop-like space is a place for curious minds to experiment with 3D printing, engineering, robotics and more. If a student is particularly interested in expanding upon an area of interest, it's the place for them to blossom.
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At WMA, students learn to think and act like entrepreneurs. Through their coursework, they plan, implement and evaluate real programs including for profit and non-profit organizations.
Students enrolled in Finance courses at WMA will learn key financial concepts, investment tools and the foundations to building an investment portfolio, all while increasing their knowledge in financial literacy and global economics.
In Fall 2017, WMA launched the first steps of its new diplomacy program. These included the all-school summer read “Getting to Yes” and negotiation situations during Thursday sit-down lunch as well as coursework woven throughout the curriculum and other school events like “Crossing Borders,” an all-day on-campus workshop event for students to enhance their global awareness.
The Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center offers students the opportunity to use a state-of-the-art facility to engage in an active research and trading experience in order to gain an authentic understanding of the global financial environment.
The real-time applications of the Trading Center illustrate to students the interconnectedness of their actions, their impact on others and how decisions made by them and by institutions across the globe can have profound effects locally, domestically and internationally.
WMA’s showcase facility houses 16 computer stations with monitor displays, two 65-inch LCD monitors, LED dynamic stock ticker, StockTrack market simulation software and Morningstar™ Financial Data, as well as video conferencing capabilities.
The WMA Travel Program has offered students the experience of faculty-led trips to five different continents during the last decade. Trips are educational in structure and are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for hands-on, full immersion experiences in such places as:
- South Africa
Community service, school exchange, business and design, language immersion, ecology/conservation and visual art have each served as a focus for past trips. To learn more about current travel offerings at the Academy, visit our Travel page.
The Global Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character and leadership ability. The Global Scholars Program provides a select group of extraordinary students opportunities for extracurricular intellectual enrichment, including monthly lectures, cultural opportunities and more.
Upon graduation, all Global Scholars have studied a rigorous AP and Honors Curriculum, had the opportunity to travel abroad, engaged in important scholarly dialogue and completed a research AP Capstone project. Students must maintain a minimum 3.7 GPA and are awarded up to $3,500 per year toward WMA-sponsored international travel.
WMA creates opportunities for students to participate in lectures, workshops and conferences featuring alumni, authors, artists, politicians, conservationists and entrepreneurs, both on and off campus.
Past speakers have been:
WMA students participate in the Model U.N. conference and a simulated congressional session hosted by Harvard University every year, with multiple students winning awards, working on special committees or holding leadership positions.
While Model U.N. is a perfect activity for students interested in Diplomacy and International Relations, students also fine-tune their writing and research skills and public speaking.
Model Congress, offered at WMA as an after school activity during the winter season, is a program dedicated to preparing students for a simulated Congressional session held annually at Harvard University during the month of February.
Students assume the identity of an assigned representative or senator, and perform research on both personality and issues so as to be ready for the conference.
Model Congress is a great experience for those interested in politics, whether as a novice or an experienced political aficionado. Students learn skills in debate, research, bill development and - critically - diplomacy. Model Congress is a must for any young person who wishes to better understand the machinations of the American legislative branch.
CEGS faculty have a broad range of experience. In addition to graduate degrees and scholarly work in their discipline, the department also brings a wealth of professional experience in other fields including economic development, higher education, energy and environmental management, business consulting, media creation, international development, and entrepreneurship.
WMA is a founding member of the GEBG, an organization that promotes nationwide standards in global education. Our faculty is invited to teach other schools best practices in global education through sharing information, speaking engagements and contributing to publications.