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Entrepreneurship students at HHS offered job outside of high school

Apr 16, 2018

At the beginning of this school year, a new class was introduced to HHS. Entrepreneurship 1. The goal of this class is to teach students at HHS how to use entrepreneurship skills, as well as learning from current Entrepreneurs brought in by Mr. Jesse Theirl, business teacher.  

Throughout the course a series of entrepreneurs came to HHS to share their stories. One was Jeff Tetzlaff, who previously owned CertaPro Minnetonka, a painting company.

“Prior to the businesses coming in, I meet with them to go over the process and determine desired outcomes/objectives, which then turn into the rubric for the students to follow on the project,” Theirl said.

Tetzlaff’s main goal was to achieve marketing strategies and recommendations from the students at HHS in Entrepreneurship 1.  When Tetzlaff left, he mentioned that he would be interested in possibly hiring students during the summer.

“The individual (Tetzlaff) is looking for students to do market research for a different venture he is looking to start. He is willing to pay the individual(s) to help him out. The individual can work remotely and do most of the work on their own time, while getting paid.” Theirl said.

Besides this great opportunity, Theirl also believes that in the future this job could provide guidance.

“It’s a great opportunity for the right person that can see beyond the immediate “ask.”  I see a lot of teens that think they should be CEO tomorrow; however, they do not realize the path to get there,” Theirl said. “Making the most of an opportunity and delivering at a high level what was asked usually leads to the “next” opportunity.  In this case, I think if the individual does good work, additional opportunities will present themselves within this new venture,” Theirl said.

Theirl went onto say, “In addition, I also think that when you make a good impression and deliver on what was asked people remember it.  So perhaps the work ends with this one project, but 6 months down the road you get a call/email from a new person that heard about the good work you did for “Jeff” and wants to hire you for something else.  “Everyday is an interview” and people are always paying attention.”

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