The School Business Partnership Class (SBPC)
The School Business Partnership Class (SBPC) started as an elective at Central
Middle School of Science in the fall of 1993, under the direction of teacher
Sharon Sellens and principal Keith Taton. SBPC was a grass-roots program
utilizing Central’s five business partners in service projects with the class.
How To Start A School Business Partnership Handbook was co-authored by Brenda
Fenton and Sharon Sellens in 1995. Presentations about SBPC have been given
locally and nationally. In 1997, more SBPCs were established at other middle
schools in the Anchorage School District.
The ongoing success of SBPC is due directly to the innovation of the SBPC
teachers. During the 2001-2002 school year, over 250 students, along with their
teacher-facilitators, have made a positive difference in their middle schools
and communities with the assistance of over 50 supportive, caring business
partners. The quality project-based learning is successful because of
opportunities to work alongside business partners.
The areas of focus for the 2001-2002 school year were service learning,
entrepreneurship, mentorships and internships.
Central Middle School, Tam Agosti- Gisler, teacher
Mears Middle School, Kathy Vik, teacher
Wendler Middle School, PosTa, Gary Stein and Dennis Arashiro, teachers
Whaley School, Community Leadership, Clarinda Vandegrift, teacher
Dimond High School, After School SBPC, Kathy Vik, teacher
Gruening Middle School, Colt Cafe, Lori Miller, teacher
Mirror Lake Middle School, Sleepy Coyote Cafe, John Gaskins, teachers
Mirror Lake Middle School, video News Team and Radio Station, Emily Blahous,
Entrepreneurship and Service Learning
Romig Middle School, Kerry Howard, teacher
Group Mentorship/Student Internships
Central Middle School, group mentorship with KeyBank and Anchorage Convention
& Visitors Bureau, fall 2001, Tam Agosti-Gisler, teacher
Central Middle School, student internship with Anchorage Convention &
Visitors Bureau, spring 2002, Tam Agosti- Gisler, teacher.
Dimond High School SBPC, student internships with Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Hotel, spring 2002, Kathy Vik, teacher
Alaska Content Standards apply in School Business Partnership Class
The Alaska Content Standards can be cross-referenced with the SBPC skills list
and handbook, How To Start A School Business Partnership Class. Subject areas
of Language Arts, Math, Science, Geography, Government, History, Skills for a
Healthy Life and Arts & Technology are covered.
For more information about the SBPC, contact Sharon Sellens, 742-4407.