Turning Risk into Success”- TRIS- is a course consisting of 12 lessons that shows teenagers how to start their own business. This course helps teens create a business based on something they are passionate about. The business can be a commercial enterprise or a social enterprise. The lessons were created by Dr. Curtis L. DeBerg, an award-winning university professor. After taking the course, students are eligible to participate in a SAGE Regional or National Tournament. The course can only be taught by TRIS-Certified Master Teachers. To become a Certified Master Teacher, you must attend an intensive workshop.
Schools or after-school organizations can purchase an annual license to implement the course.
Students can purchase individual lessons on this website for only $5 per lesson. Students completing the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from California State University, Chico’s Center for Entrepreneurship.
A school and teacher can also buy the complete kit (see license). The kit includes a teacher’s manual and an instructor CD-ROM. This convenient supplement provides a copy of the lessons on a portable CD-ROM. Also on the CD-ROM are PowerPoint lessons for each lesson, Teacher/Trainer Manual (including solutions), sample quizzes for each lesson, and an assessment exam to be administered at the end of the course. Learn More