High Schools Global Trade Mission 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Market Diversification


What is Global Trade Mission?
Each year students engage in an intensive, three-day, hands-on virtual learning experience that simulates an entrepreneurial and business international trade mission. Through this extraordinary opportunity, awareness is created around exciting careers in entrepreneurial and international business in high-tech industries; many in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

The Global Trade Mission (GTM) provides a unique experience for High School students to participate in a simulated trade mission. GTM has provided over 2,800 students opportunities to learn about issues in global trade, cultural diversity, entrepreneurship and business and technology tools. GTM is an outstanding model of business, government, and education working together to address 21st century student skills.        

In 2007 Automation Alley helped expand Oakland School's GTM to several other counties including Macomb and Wayne County. 

How does the mission work?
Cross-district student teams from area high schools are formed to create their unique business export plan, and then present it to an expert panel. Business coaches work with students to assist with research and design, using international videoconferences, internet research, and email “lifelines.”
What are the benefits for students to participate?
Student participants gain a unique understanding in the subject matters of global trade, entrepreneurship, business and culture, along with experiencing personal growth. This includes learning skills regarding communication, use of global technology, teamwork, diversity, career awareness and planning, and exposure to business coaches and mentors.
Academic, interpersonal and workplace skills are critical in GTM, as one outstanding team is awarded the "Exportsmanship Award" for outstanding teamwork, problem solving, and cooperation in developing a business plan.

The overall mission of GTM is to create a pipeline of qualified young professionals whom are adept at problem solving which local companies can draw on in the future to enhance Michigan’s overall global competitiveness. It also aims to stimulate a spirit of entrepreneur as Michigan’s economy shifts to higher-value added technologies while ensuring that our economy remains at the forefront of innovation. 

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