Recipes for Success

The new home economics teaches girls (and boys) how to master life outside the kitchen

Brianna Nascimiento and Jianna Garcia of suburban Brentwood, N.Y., had just flown halfway across the country to drum up interest in their burgeoning handcrafted jewelry business. The partners wore tailored black pantsuits befitting the successful entrepreneur. But they weren't in Chicago to meet with potential investors or customers. Standing in front of an impressive display of their bracelets, chokers and belts, the founders of Bead Bonanza prepared to be judged by a panel of home-economics teachers and students. "We taught our employees to interact with people, be creative and excel yourself and stuff," said Jianna, clutching notecards during a 20-min. sales...

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