MENOMONEE FALLS -- A new venture in Menomonee Falls is giving students valuable business experience before they even finish high school.
The new store at Menomonee Falls High School, which opens next week, sells apparel like hats, shirts and sweatpants.
The store is entirely student-run.
Jill Hughes, the Senior Teacher at the high school's Business Academy, said the academy's 150 students take care of everything from designing and ordering the clothing, to setting the prices, to scheduling their peers for work shifts.
Retailer Kollege Town Sports, of Sun Prairie, provided the apparel up front. Students will pay it off as they make sales.
"The revenue, right now, will go to the large invoice we have," Hughes said. "Then eventually, when we make a profit, it will go back into running our business academy."
Working at the store will be one of the business academy's requirements for students.
It'll be open at the start and end of school days, during lunch periods, and during public events at the high school.
"I think it's really helping me see how the business world works, and how life after college will work," said MFHS senior Tamia Powell.
"I love the experience," said MFHS senior Andrew Karinen. "You, as a student, want to make sure your peers know you did a good job."