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Pass It On

Forget military school.today's colleges and universities have something else in mind of the kids of today: fashioning them into the next generation of entrepreneurs.

In today's society, where constant change characterizes our oh-so-fervent economy, it is our youth who've happened upon the realization that they'd be a heck of a lot better off just working for themselves. With the dissolution of familiar industry, the unpredictable fate of large-firm employment and the tremendous influence technology has had on self-molded careers, the field of entrepreneurship has gotten some strong approval from the public. Tack on the fact that because the majority of this change has resulted from the innovative small-business sector, significant support has shifted toward the relevance of incorporating entrepreneurial knowledge and skills into our youth's academia.

And whilemost upper and middle class youth may be hand-fed all the tricks of the trade through informal parental debate at the good ol' dinner table, entrepreneurship has finally earned recognition as a skill that can be extremely helpful in life. A skill that, according to National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) founder Steve Mariotti, every child has the right to know-which leads us to reacquainting you with the programs and higher educational institutions that are contributing to the overall growth of entreprenuerial learning and knowledge.

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This article was originally published in the June 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Pass It On.

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