Nebraska Business Focus Program

At Standing Bear High School

Preparing Nebraska's future workforce with in-demand business skills and providing students with the opportunity to earn early college credit

Empowering students to create their future through business

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business and Lincoln Public Schools partnered to create the Nebraska Business focus program, which launched in fall 2023. The focus program enables students to develop their business knowledge and skills to be successful in any career path, working for a business or starting their own.

"Business and entrepreneurship are critical to the future of the state. This partnership will help Standing Bear High School students explore the world of business and gain insight into how they can lead the future of business.”


The pre-pathway is for all 9th and 10th grade students at Standing Bear High School. Business concepts are integrated into regular classes so all students begin to build business skills. Students can take the World of Business class, which provides hands-on learning opportunities for students in the pre-pathway, including exciting guest speakers and a quick pitch contest to pitch business ideas at the UNL College of Business.

Early College and Career Pathway

Students in grades 11 and 12 explore their passions and career opportunities in the areas of accounting, economics, and entrepreneurship for college credit through the focus program and receive reduced tuition. Other focus program classes include personal finance and sports marketing.

The early college and career pathway is for those who either plan to:

  • Pursue a 2- or 4-year degree upon graduation
  • Enter the workforce with foundational business knowledge

Students can opt to take business classes for college credit and will receive reduced tuition from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Non-credit experiences will be available to students free-of-charge. The program is designed to be affordable and accessible to students and their families.



You want to help people and businesses be financially healthy


You love exploring trends and want to help people make good decisions


You enjoy learning about money and the stock market

Management and Entrepreneurship

You want to start or grow a business and lead people


You ooze creativity and enjoy influencing others

Supply Chain Management

You like solving problems and making things run smoothly

Who Can Attend?

Students who will enter grades 11 and 12 at Standing Bear High School during the 2024–25 school year will be able to participate in special Early College and Career Pathway opportunities. Early college credit opportunities will be available starting in 2024–25.