Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurial Exploration (FLEX)
The mission of John Carroll School is to prepare each student for a lifetime of well-being—professionally, morally and financially. That’s why Financial Literacy is a required class in sophomore year, to give all Patriots the knowledge and skills to manage their financial resources effectively.
The Financial Literacy class covers topics related to personal finance such as money management, taxes, savings, mortgages, insurance, credit cards/credit scores and more.
During junior or senior year students can take Entrepreneurial Exploration. This is an elective course and will teach students to:
- Create, deliver and capture value from new ideas
- Transition an invention to an innovation
- Conceive, validate and launch new business models
- Engage the entrepreneur’s decision-making process
- Build a business model and budget with measurable financial goals
- Create a definitive marketing plan
- Develop entrepreneurial skills that can be applied in any field
Additional FLEX Electives
The following semester-long electives are available junior and senior year:
- Business Law
FLEX Students Can Earn College Credits
Patriots enrolled in certain FLEX courses have the option to dual enroll at both the University of Delaware and Harford Community College for the opportunity to earn the following college credits.
University of Delaware
ENTR 167: Idea to Action (1 credit)
ENTR 167: Social Impact Through Entrepreneurship (1 credit)
ENTR 167: Startup Your Professional Path (1 credit)
Harford Community College
MGMT 101: Introduction to Management (3 credits)
ENTR 110: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
BA203: Principles of Marketing (3 credit)
BA205: Business Law (3 credit)
ACCT101: Accounting Principles I (3 credit)
Each student can enroll in HCC Dual Enrollment classes for 3 credits each. In the Intro to Management class, students have the option to earn 3 – 1 credit classes in the Fall semester with the University of Delaware.
JC Entrepreneurial Challenge: As a Capstone Project, junior or senior students work with classmates to develop a business model including plans for marketing, operations and finance; then present to a panel of judges for a chance to win a small scholarship stipend.
The Diamond Challenge: Many Entrepreneurial Experience students choose to participate in the Diamond Challenge, created by the University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship. Students conceive new ideas for a new business or social venture, test their viability and then make a pitch to a panel of judges. Winners receive scholarships and the chance to partner with local investors to bring their ideas to life.
Mr. Dukes is currently the owner and senior executive of several businesses including a marketing and media technology company (socialRedDog), a local franchise (Menchies) and a family owned golf teaching facility (Black Horse Golf). He is also the managing principal of Aurum Consultants. He brings over 30 years of business experience to the FLEX Program.