School-Based Enterprise

  • Replicates real work conditions as much as possible
  • Business generates a revenue
  • Students manage the business
  • Emphasis on career exploration and gaining general work skills

Simulated Work Experiences

  • Imitates real working conditions while striving to meet standards or replicate work conditions
  • Students have consistent direct supervision
  • Business does not typically generate revenue
  • Emphasis on repetition of skills to gain mastery


  • Learn and apply social skills
  • Develop employment skills
  • Increase self-determination skills
  • Provide direct link between classroom and work
  • Emphasis on importance of performance skills
  • Provide opportunity to develop leadership skills