High School Enterprise Program

Getting involved


HSE relies on partnerships with corporations, foundations, institutions, and friends of HSE to carry out its programs. Your involvement can be either in the form of financial support and/or leadership support. Here are some ways you can support the program:

  • Help a current team--contact the teacher-coach of the team to see what is needed (e.g., mentoring support or materials).
  • Start or join a booster club for your team.
  • Sponsor the HSE program.

If you are interested in becoming an industry or corporate partner, please consider one of our four HSE funding models that can be adapted to the available resources in each HSE community.

We need partners, high schools to participate, industry sponsors and community members to lead. If you would like to start an HSE program at a high school, or want to support the program in any way, please get in touch with Doug Oppliger.

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"I'm excited because I get to help design the sub; it's a lot more interesting than my other classes."


"[The best aspect of doing a project is] getting to interact with students of different backgrounds and being able to have something to look back on and saying 'yeah, I really enjoyed myself that day.'"


"We learned how to better our communication skills. And we also learned hands on skills that we can apply to our future."



High School Enterprise team members work together and learn how to—

  • Communicate
  • Set project goals
  • Schedule and manage projects
  • Make decisions
  • Work together in teams
  • Meet people from industry
  • Understand engineering and business ethics
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills

These skills will prepare you to be a better student and serve as a solid foundation for your future as you begin to think about college and your career.


"I want to teach students to become engineering leaders, not just engineers."


"I think I'm growing from this opportunity just as much as, if not more than, the students. I've been so accustomed to the cookie cutter projects where everything was spelled out and the budget was predetermined. This is new and very nice."


"I can't get the students to go home!"


Teachers have the opportunity to work with students who are curious about how things work. They can challenge students to ask thought-provoking questions, encourage problem solving, and stimulate new ideas.

Teachers receive formal training and consulting support from faculty at Tech to lead their High School Enterprise teams. They also receive funding for team projects.

Finally, teachers can enjoy the satisfaction of nurturing students' interests in science, technology, engineering, and math.

If you are interested in starting an HSE program at a high school, or want to support the program in any way, please get in touch with us:

  • Paige Hackney (phackney@mtu.edu)
  • Doug Oppliger (oppliger@mtu.edu)
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