Interactive and experiential
All resources and activities included
The CEDE program is ultimately about helping each and every student discover, embrace, and live out their unique, personal vocation in life. Whether that involves going to the college of their dreams or pursuing another path after graduation, the CEDE program is designed to aid them in their discernment.
The CEDE Program is a collaboration between successful entrepreneurs, Catholic University of America’s professors, and the highest quality teachers in the country who are carefully selected based on three criteria: 1) The ability to inspire 2) A focus on integral human development 3) Recognized teaching excellence.
Every module in the CEDE program involves a project that helps students live out the principles of the course. From writing their own personal rules for life to analyzing the business model of local companies, students learn through hands-on, personal involvement.
Schools participating in the CEDE program get access to the full resources of The Catholic University of America in implementing the course. We support teachers and schools in adapting this course to their particular classes and students.
Phase I: Discern
Students are given foundational skills to know self and others, to see opportunities for creating value by serving others, and to know which opportunities to pursue.
- Vocational discernment
- Introduction to entrepreneurship
- Creating value for others
Phase II: Create
The word was made flesh and continues to be made flesh. Students learn what it means to be co-creators with an incarnational spirit.
- Design thinking
- Business modeling
- The meaning of work
Phase III: Grow
Entrepreneurs play a key role in the development of culture. Students learn how to scale their creations to create more value for more people.
- Creating an Odyssey Project plan
- Creating a Moral Compass
- Catholic social teaching
- Spiritual discernment
The Agrupacian Catolica Universitaria (ACU) is a founding partner of the CEDE program, a key advisor and collaborator, and offers formational opportunities for young men involved in the CEDE Program. The ACU is a Marian congregation whose spirituality is based on Jesuit formational principles, and a strong concentration in Marian reflection.
Youth Entrepreneurs brings ideas to life through experiential learning, executed in real-world scenarios. The CEDE Program uses several activities and simulations from the Youth Entrepreneurs program to help create an interactive experience in business education. Visit the YE website to learn more about how this leader in entrepreneurship education has helped thousands of teachers and students through their 30+ years of service.
Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship
The Ciocca Center, a core partner for CEDE, aims to promote a new kind of entrepreneur: one who integrates personal virtue and business principles in the service of individuals and communities.