Center for Community Engagement

2024-2025

Our Center for Community Engagement (CCE) coordinates cross-divisional work in experiential learning; service learning; entrepreneurship and leadership; and diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives.

Center for Community Engagement 24-25

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1 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE400-S1 Community Research and Activism S1 Students in this course choose their own topic and develop a semester-long project that engages them deeply in our local community. Past course topics have included poverty and inequality in Raleigh; educational disparities in Wake County; voting rights in NC; and policing in the Triangle. Students partner with others both inside and outside the Cary Academy community. Course culminates in formal presentations to and/or solution implementations with community stakeholders, along with deep reflection on the overall course experience. Prerequisite: approval of the Center for Community Engagement. All 0.50 FALL 9,10,11,12
2 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE400-S2 Community Research and Activism S2 Students in this course choose their own topic and develop a semester-long project that engages them deeply in our local community. Past course topics have included poverty and inequality in Raleigh; educational disparities in Wake County; voting rights in NC; and policing in the Triangle. Students partner with others both inside and outside the Cary Academy community. Course culminates in formal presentations to and/or solution implementations with community stakeholders, along with deep reflection on the overall course experience. Prerequisite: approval of the Center for Community Engagement. All 0.50 SPRING 9,10,11,12
3 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE103-S1 Introduction to Wilderness Exploration and Leadership FALL This course is an introduction for those interested in self-contained, self-powered wilderness exploration. The goal is to exit “civilization” & travel through protected wilderness areas carrying everything we need on our backs. But the really important stuff is inside us…..our brains, hearts, & muscles. Life is simplified to its basic ingredients: water, food, & shelter. Challenge is offered in the ability to adapt and navigate what Mother Nature offers when you’re living & traveling in mountainous terrain. Successful backcountry excursions require diligent planning & preparation. The wilderness offers experiences that are uniquely different than home life. Modern times have created a constant flow of electronic media. Escape the “noise” for solitude, beauty, camaraderie, & challenge. Backpacking is an exploration of courage, resourcefulness, and natural beauty. The backbone of this course is the fostering of the student leadership program that supports & sustains the Wilderness Club. This will be both the training ground for club leaders & an extension of club activities by offering leaders special trips at the intermediate and advanced levels. We will continue to initiate interested students into the leadership program as LITs (Leaders-in-Training) with the goal to progress to a Core Leader. The leaders will encourage student participation by continuing to offer & plan the Fall & Spring trips as well as the Discovery Term “Discovering Wilderness” course. The leader-only trips will be more ambitious and will require missing some scheduled school days. Advanced trips will require air travel to experience areas outside of NC. A future goal will be to organize an annual alumni trip. This is a yearlong class and may be repeated as you gain experience & progress through the leadership program. Prerequisite: Recommendation by instructor. One 0.25 Fall 9,10,11,12
4 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE103-S2 Introduction to Wilderness Exploration and Leadership SPRING This course is an introduction for those interested in self-contained, self-powered wilderness exploration. The goal is to exit “civilization” & travel through protected wilderness areas carrying everything we need on our backs. But the really important stuff is inside us…..our brains, hearts, & muscles. Life is simplified to its basic ingredients: water, food, & shelter. Challenge is offered in the ability to adapt and navigate what Mother Nature offers when you’re living & traveling in mountainous terrain. Successful backcountry excursions require diligent planning & preparation. The wilderness offers experiences that are uniquely different than home life. Modern times have created a constant flow of electronic media. Escape the “noise” for solitude, beauty, camaraderie, & challenge. Backpacking is an exploration of courage, resourcefulness, and natural beauty. The backbone of this course is the fostering of the student leadership program that supports & sustains the Wilderness Club. This will be both the training ground for club leaders & an extension of club activities by offering leaders special trips at the intermediate and advanced levels. We will continue to initiate interested students into the leadership program as LITs (Leaders-in-Training) with the goal to progress to a Core Leader. The leaders will encourage student participation by continuing to offer & plan the Fall & Spring trips as well as the Discovery Term “Discovering Wilderness” course. The leader-only trips will be more ambitious and will require missing some scheduled school days. Advanced trips will require air travel to experience areas outside of NC. A future goal will be to organize an annual alumni trip. This is a yearlong class and may be repeated as you gain experience & progress through the leadership program. Prerequisite: Recommendation by instructor. One 0.25 Spring 9,10,11,12
5 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE203-S1 Wilderness Exploration and Leadership FALL This course is a continuation for those interested in self-contained, self-powered wilderness exploration. The goal is to exit “civilization” & travel through protected wilderness areas carrying everything we need on our backs. But the really important stuff is inside us…..our brains, hearts, & muscles. Life is simplified to its basic ingredients: water, food, & shelter. Challenge is offered in the ability to adapt and navigate what Mother Nature offers when you’re living & traveling in mountainous terrain. Successful backcountry excursions require diligent planning & preparation. The wilderness offers experiences that are uniquely different than home life. Modern times have created a constant flow of electronic media. Escape the “noise” for solitude, beauty, camaraderie, & challenge. Backpacking is an exploration of courage, resourcefulness, and natural beauty. The backbone of this course is the fostering of the student leadership program that supports & sustains the Wilderness Club. This will be both the training ground for club leaders & an extension of club activities by offering leaders special trips at the intermediate and advanced levels. We will continue to initiate interested students into the leadership program as LITs (Leaders-in-Training) with the goal to progress to a Core Leader. The leaders will encourage student participation by continuing to offer & plan the Fall & Spring trips as well as the Discovery Term “Discovering Wilderness” course. The leader-only trips will be more ambitious and will require missing some scheduled school days. Advanced trips will require air travel to experience areas outside of NC. A future goal will be to organize an annual alumni trip. This is a yearlong class and may be repeated as you gain experience & progress through the leadership program. Prerequisite: Recommendation by instructor. One 0.25 Fall 10,11,12
6 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE203-S2 Wilderness Exploration and Leadership SPRING This course is a continuation for those interested in self-contained, self-powered wilderness exploration. The goal is to exit “civilization” & travel through protected wilderness areas carrying everything we need on our backs. But the really important stuff is inside us…..our brains, hearts, & muscles. Life is simplified to its basic ingredients: water, food, & shelter. Challenge is offered in the ability to adapt and navigate what Mother Nature offers when you’re living & traveling in mountainous terrain. Successful backcountry excursions require diligent planning & preparation. The wilderness offers experiences that are uniquely different than home life. Modern times have created a constant flow of electronic media. Escape the “noise” for solitude, beauty, camaraderie, & challenge. Backpacking is an exploration of courage, resourcefulness, and natural beauty. The backbone of this course is the fostering of the student leadership program that supports & sustains the Wilderness Club. This will be both the training ground for club leaders & an extension of club activities by offering leaders special trips at the intermediate and advanced levels. We will continue to initiate interested students into the leadership program as LITs (Leaders-in-Training) with the goal to progress to a Core Leader. The leaders will encourage student participation by continuing to offer & plan the Fall & Spring trips as well as the Discovery Term “Discovering Wilderness” course. The leader-only trips will be more ambitious and will require missing some scheduled school days. Advanced trips will require air travel to experience areas outside of NC. A future goal will be to organize an annual alumni trip. This is a yearlong class and may be repeated as you gain experience & progress through the leadership program. Prerequisite: Recommendation by instructor. One 0.25 Spring 9,10,11,12
7 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE300-S1 Financial Literacy FALL This course is designed to provide high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed financial decisions. They will build financial literacy through discussions, activities and projects that model real-life situations like wages, salaries, bank accounts, sales tax, income taxes, car loans, mortgages, investments, car insurance and health insurance.  The course aims to prepare students for independent living after high school by providing them with the tools to avoid common financial pitfalls and make sound decisions. Prereq: Completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra of non-linear functions One 0.25 FALL 9,10,11,12
8 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE300-S2 Financial Literacy SPRING This course is designed to provide high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed financial decisions. They will build financial literacy through discussions, activities and projects that model real-life situations like wages, salaries, bank accounts, sales tax, income taxes, car loans, mortgages, investments, car insurance and health insurance.  The course aims to prepare students for independent living after high school by providing them with the tools to avoid common financial pitfalls and make sound decisions. Prereq: Completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra of non-linear functions One 0.25 SPRING 9,10,11,12
9 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE110-S1 Entrepreneurship: Small Business Operations - S1 What occurs unbeknownst to customers to ensure the smooth operation of a small business? This course offers students opportunities to experience operating a small business through engagement in the school’s entrepreneurial learning lab, The Hub: café | lab | store. This course will immerse you in the front-of-house operation of the business, as you take on the role of Team Member. Class time on the floor of the entrepreneurial learning lab will acquaint you with hygiene procedures, drink preparation and development, point-of-sales skills including appropriate handling of cash, customer service, merchandising, marketing, and inventory management from receiving to daily counts to FIFO stocking to calculating and monitoring product and ingredient expiration dates. Assignments and group work in and out of class will introduce the basics of entrepreneurship and the building blocks of business. Students in this course will engage in hands-on customer-facing front-of-house tasks in The Hub: café | lab | store. This 1/2-credit, one-semester-long course meets during one scheduled 80-minute block and its corresponding C-day block, plus one additional shift per week scheduled by the instructor in conversation with the student during morning or afternoon club blocks, during lunch, or after school. Students are welcome to repeat this course. All 0.50 Fall 9,10,11,12
10 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE110-S2 Entrepreneurship: Small Business Operations – S2 What occurs unbeknownst to customers to ensure the smooth operation of a small business? This course offers students opportunities to experience operating a small business through engagement in the school’s entrepreneurial learning lab, The Hub: café | lab | store. This course will immerse you in the front-of-house operation of the business, as you take on the role of Team Member. Class time on the floor of the entrepreneurial learning lab will acquaint you with hygiene procedures, drink preparation and development, point-of-sales skills including appropriate handling of cash, customer service, merchandising, marketing, and inventory management from receiving to daily counts to FIFO stocking to calculating and monitoring product and ingredient expiration dates. Assignments and group work in and out of class will introduce the basics of entrepreneurship and the building blocks of business. Students in this course will engage in hands-on customer-facing front-of-house tasks in The Hub: café | lab | store. This 1/2-credit, one-semester-long course meets during one scheduled 80-minute block and its corresponding C-day block, plus one additional shift per week scheduled by the instructor in conversation with the student during morning or afternoon club blocks, during lunch, or after school. Students are welcome to repeat this course. All 0.50 Spring 9,10,11,12
11 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE210-S1 Entrepreneurship: Small Business Product Development - S1 What are the steps necessary to get an original idea into the marketplace? In this course, you will explore the product development process of a small café and spirit merchandise business by serving as the creative department of the school’s entrepreneurial learning lab, The Hub: café | lab | store. You will have the opportunity to create prototypes, test their viability for development, receive feedback from peers in the Entrepreneurship: Small Business Management course on financial viability and market suitability, and potentially earn the launch of a product for sale by The Hub with the support of the students in the Entrepreneurship: Small Business Marketing course. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with practical skills to think creatively about how to make the most of existing ingredients and supplies, cater to the tastes of the customer, and understand the needs of untapped market segments. This 1/4-credit, one-semester-long course meets during one scheduled 80-minute block in The Hub: café | lab | store during the class period with its lightest foot traffic. Nonetheless, students in this course will engage in hands-on customer-facing front-of-house tasks as needed. Students are welcome to repeat this course. Prerequisites include a pass in Entrepreneurship: Small Business Operations. One 0.25 Fall 10,11,12
12 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE210-S2 Entrepreneurship: Small Business Product Development - S2 What are the steps necessary to get an original idea into the marketplace? In this course, you will explore the product development process of a small café and spirit merchandise business by serving as the creative department of the school’s entrepreneurial learning lab, The Hub: café | lab | store. You will have the opportunity to create prototypes, test their viability for development, receive feedback from peers in the Entrepreneurship: Small Business Management course on financial viability and market suitability, and potentially earn the launch of a product for sale by The Hub with the support of the students in the Entrepreneurship: Small Business Marketing course. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with practical skills to think creatively about how to make the most of existing ingredients and supplies, cater to the tastes of the customer, and understand the needs of untapped market segments. This 1/4-credit, one-semester-long course meets during one scheduled 80-minute block in The Hub: café | lab | store during the class period with its lightest foot traffic. Nonetheless, students in this course will engage in hands-on customer-facing front-of-house tasks as needed. Students are welcome to repeat this course. Prerequisites include a pass in Entrepreneurship: Small Business Operations. One 0.25 Spring 9,10,11,12
13 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE220-S1 Entrepreneurship: Small Business Marketing - S1 What does it take to successfully drive traffic to a brick-and-mortar or online small business and convert that traffic into a sale? In this course, you will explore effective marketing strategies tailored specifically for small businesses by serving as the marketing department of the school’s entrepreneurial learning lab, The Hub: café | lab | store. Taking direction from peers in the Entrepreneurship: Small Business Management course and communicating with student Team Leaders and Product Developers, you will learn how to create appealing storefronts and displays, establish powerful branding, and maximize foot traffic. Additionally, you will delve into online presence management, customer reviews, and the art of offering free samples and discounts. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with practical skills to boost sales and reach untapped market segments. This 1/4-credit, one-semester-long course meets during one scheduled 80-minute block in The Hub: café | lab | store during the class period with its lightest foot traffic. Nonetheless, students in this course will engage in hands-on customer-facing front-of-house tasks as needed. Students are welcome to repeat this course. Prerequisites include a pass in Entrepreneurship: Small Business Operations. One 0.25 Fall 10,11,12
14 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE220-S2 Entrepreneurship: Small Business Marketing- S2 What does it take to successfully drive traffic to a brick-and-mortar or online small business and convert that traffic into a sale? In this course, you will explore effective marketing strategies tailored specifically for small businesses by serving as the marketing department of the school’s entrepreneurial learning lab, The Hub: café | lab | store. Taking direction from peers in the Entrepreneurship: Small Business Management course and communicating with student Team Leaders and Product Developers, you will learn how to create appealing storefronts and displays, establish powerful branding, and maximize foot traffic. Additionally, you will delve into online presence management, customer reviews, and the art of offering free samples and discounts. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with practical skills to boost sales and reach untapped market segments. This 1/4-credit, one-semester-long course meets during one scheduled 80-minute block in The Hub: café | lab | store during the class period with its lightest foot traffic. Nonetheless, students in this course will engage in hands-on customer-facing front-of-house tasks as needed. Students are welcome to repeat this course. Prerequisites include a pass in Entrepreneurship: Small Business Operations. One 0.25 Spring 9,10,11,12
15 emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM emi_charboneau 27/02/2024 01:40 PM Center for Community Engagement CCE300-SY Entrepreneurship: Small Business Management What is involved in managing a small business? Students in this course learn to assist in the management of the school’s entrepreneurial learning lab, The Hub: café | lab | store. This course will immerse you in the back-of-house operation of the business, as you take on the role of Core Leader. You will have the responsibility to research, develop, and pitch to management ideas for strategic shifts regarding product development, sourcing, cost analysis, pricing, market development, marketing, and merchandising. Areas for consideration include e-commerce, kiosk and mobile ordering, fulfilment and delivery, and loyalty programs. Upon receiving approval from management, you will be responsible for communicating action items to peers within relevant departments: Team Leadership, Product Development, Marketing. You will also report on and pitch recommendations regarding The Hub’s environmental, social, and governance practices. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with practical skills to make informed strategic decisions and communicate with your team to create a lasting impact on your business ventures. This full-credit course meets twice a week plus C days in The Hub: café | lab | store during the class period with its lightest foot traffic. Nonetheless, students in this course will engage in hands-on customer-facing front-of-house tasks as needed. Students are welcome to repeat this course. Prerequisites include a pass in Entrepreneurship: Small Business Team Leadership and selection through an application process. Interested students should reach out to the Entrepreneurship Director for more information. One 1.00 Year 11,12
Dept. Course Number Title Course Description Blocks per week Credits Term Grade level(s)