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Small businesses are central to the Cape Cod economy, and they are an integral part of the fabric of the community. Barnstable Charitable Foundation has unveiled a new partnership to provide innovative entrepreneurial education opportunities at Barnstable High School. This initiative fulfills one of the Foundation’s key objectives which is to operate an educational program to expose middle and high school students to entrepreneurism as a possible career choice on Cape Cod. This will allow them to make an informed decision about entrepreneurship on Cape Cod and its impact on our local economy.


Barnstable Charitable Foundation has partnered with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)  to provide the program, training and curriculum to Barnstable Public Schools. The Foundation will provide a grant of $25,000 over three years to fund the NFTE program. This will enable Barnstable High School to teach Entrepreneurship Essentials, Entrepreneurship 1, and Entrepreneurship 2 as well as a summer academy. Each for-credit course can hold up to 75 students. 


NFTE is an internationally recognized nonprofit that cultivates the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, and the organization focuses its work on under-resourced communities. Since over 50% of Barnstable Public High School students qualify for free or reduced lunch, NFTE was able to partner with schools, the Foundation and the Chamber. NFTE’s award-winning high school curriculum will be provided to Barnstable High School and its classroom educators.