The mission of the WBE.NET Global Internet Trade Course for Students
is to capture the interest of the students and increase their knowledge
of basic school studies.
The course strives to inspire and empower students with a trade
and solid business skills that can be used immediately in the real
world following graduation. It allows students to work in teams,
to learn how to identify, evaluate, and participate in import /
export opportunities. The goal is to make the student a success,
not a statistic!
Such innovative curriculum is non-existent at most K-12 schools
throughout America, and especially lacking within our low-income
communities. This course provides new skills and possibilities that
throw open the doors of success for all students.
The four-semester Global Internet Trade Course for Students was
adapted from data and resources provided by The World Business Exchange
an international trade association on the Internet founded in 1987.
The program was then accredited by the Los Angeles Unified School
District and donated by the World Business Exchange along with free
student access to the website and its massive database of buyers
and sellers of products worldwide through The Reis Foundation a
The WBE.NET Global Internet Trade Course for Students has been instrumental
in turning former gang members and other disadvantaged youths into
model students. The program motivates these students by integrating
their knowledge of basic school studies such as grammar, history,
economics, and math, while teaching them the fundamentals of entrepreneurship
e-commerce and international trade.
During the course the Student are taught how to establish and operate
their own import/export businesses online. They learn about the
importance of world trade on the US and global economy; about cultural
differences; market research; power point presentations; how to
cooperatively work in a group; business ethics letters of credit,
goal-setting and problem solving. Students are also taken out of
the textbook and into the real world visiting shipping and other
trade sites to enhance the learning experience.
When the course was first installed in February 1998 at Alain Leroy
Locke High School in Los Angeles, the school was among the 100 Worst
School in Los Angeles. Following the course the school reported
a dramatic upgrade in student attendance grades self- esteem and
behavior. Today Locke High School is considered one of the most
progressive schools in the nation.
Since then sponsor support from companies like the California State
Lottery has helped bring the WBE.NET course to both low-income and
affluent schools across the country, including King/Drew Magnet
High School of Medicine & Science Mid-City Charter Magnet School
(K12), Crenshaw High School, Men’s Central Juvenile Hall,
David Starr Jordan High School, Highland High School in Sacramento
and COBA Saturday Success Academy.