Virtual Enterprises International

New England League of Middle Schools are leaders in promoting middle level best practices by providing collaborative learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and success. 

NELMS is proud to be partnering with
Virtual Enterprises International.

In collaboration with Virtual Enterprises International, we are excited to invite you to participate in the 2022 NELMS/VE-JV Dream Job Essay Competition.


The Dream Job Essay Competition is a contest that challenges NELMS students to think about their dream job or career and write an essay about why they chose it.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners and several honorable mentions will also be recognized.  The top three winners will have the opportunity to attend a “Meet & Greet” video conference and speak with a professional who works in the job or career of their dreams. All NELMS member school students are eligible and encouraged to participate in this exciting educational activity. 

Students will submit their essays to teachers for initial review. Each NELMS member school will be able to submit its top essay via the JotForm link provided in the instructions. 

Since 1996, Virtual Enterprises International has transformed the lives of 200,000+ young people through authentic business experiences that prepare them for fulfilling, financially secure futures. VE does this by partnering with schools, districts, and businesses across the United States to create educational pathways that align career education and work-based learning with academic standards-based education. For more information on how to start a VE-JV program at your middle school, visit their website at

Click here for the teacher's information packet.

Click here for the Instructions for Students.

We ask that you share this information with staff whose students would possibly be interested in participating in the essay contest.

If you are not sure if your school is a member of NELMS, please contact


The VE-JV Career Academy is a two-course sequence offering real-world experiences and hands-on learning about technology, business, and careers. Students work individually and as a team to develop technology, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking skills, preparing them for success in high school and beyond.


Technology Applications for Business (7th grade) introduces students to technology projects typically used in the business and professional world that require facility with spreadsheets, presentation software, word-processing, graphics, web design, and social media. Lessons and activities are built around an entrepreneurial theme and include projects such as creating a budget, conducting a break-even analysis, making expense reports, developing newsletters, developing and presenting a business plan, and more.


VE-Junior Ventures (8th grade) challenges students to build on skills from Technology Applications by collaborating with their classmates to launch and manage a business that replicates the functions and demands of real business in both structure and practice. Students take on the roles of employees in a company, work in functional departments of the organization (marketing, sales, human resources, accounting, finance, and IT) and complete department-related work and projects that support the goals of the company.


What's Included for Schools:


Curriculum & Supporting Activities

  • Hands-On, Standards-Aligned Curriculum including Teacher Lesson Plans, Student Activity Sheets and Supporting Material

  • Student Assessments

  • Portfolio Planning

  • Student Evaluations

  • Career Readiness Framework

  • Conferences & Exhibitions

  • Leadership Events

  • Competitions

  • Teacher Support & Training

  • Ongoing Professional Development



  • Teacher and Student Portal

  • Learning Management System

  • Online Banking System

  • Online Competitions

  • Webinars

  • E-Commerce Websites



  • Industry Partners

  • Business Professionals

  • Skills-Based Volunteers

  • Opportunities for Classroom Mentors

  • International Network

  • Teacher Network

  • Alumni Network

  • Regional Support Staff

  • Engaged Leaders

  • High School & Postsecondary Partners


To learn how to start a VE-JV Program at your school, CLICK HERE.