1604 Glasses for the Blind & Impressing The Profit

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Hour 1: Technology That Gives Sight to the Blind

walktoendblindnesslogoJohn Whitacre has committed his life to training the blind in the use of a wide range of technologies that improve their quality of life through iChallenged.org. (313) 910-7811 This organization helps train the visually challenged and blind in the use of assistive technologies and also works to provide medical solutions for the needy. Today he is focusing on a revolutionary new set of eye glasses that use sound to help the blind navigate the world around them.

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Dennis with GlassesDennis Opoka is a 68 year old Royal Oak resident who has been blind since birth.He got the sonar glasses about 3 months ago and they have revolutionized the way he travels; he uses them with a white cane and verbal GPS for the blind.

Dennis worked as a Veterans Program specialist for 33 years until retirement, is married and has a 29 year old son.  He has a number of hobbies including wood working, cooking, canning, and hunting.  With the help of a college friend, he got his first deer two years ago and has also shot 3 turkeys. Dennis enjoys reading and computers.  

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How to Get Sonar Glasses

slider_disab_main_prescriptTo find out more about the Sonar Glasses mentioned in our broadcast, visit www.G-disabilityproducts.com  or call ( (571) 297-4756 and ask for TJ)

Fatima BalloutFatima Ballout is a student intern teacher for iChallenged from Dearborn, MI.  She wants to be a teacher of the blind for the state of Michigan. Her hobbies are listening to Turkish videos on YouTube on the iPhone and to music. Fatima is studying at Hadley School for the Blind online and taking other online courses  so that she can train to work for the state of Michigan. She also likes online gaming. Fatima will be training Dennis Opoka in the use of the iPhone.

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Hour 2: Ferndale HS Students Impress The Profit

Ferndale SchoolsBlake PrewittBlake Prewitt is the Superintendent of the Ferndale Public Schools and a very proud and happy administrator.  His high school seniors were singled out for recognition by none other than Marcus Lemonis, host of The Profit on CNBC. Marcus recognized the achievements of two teams of student entrepreneurs this past week AND Lemonis made a gift of $10,000 to Ferndale Schools.  Now THAT is investing in the future!

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Ferndale Schools

Dina RocheleauDina Rochleau is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Ferndale Public Schools.  She was involved in the development of the curriculum for the high school that produced the two national winning entrepreneurial teams.  The first place team created an app called Parkit designed to help people rent out available parking spaces they own to overflow crowds at sporting and other major events.  The team not only developed the software but the entire business plan behind the app.

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Congratulations Team Parkit of Ferndale High School!

Ferndale High School seniors Jacob Keller and Leo Sweeney are members of the team that developed the winning mobile application called Parkit and the business plan to go with it.  Their efforts were recognized as the best by Marcus Lemonis, serial entrepreneur and host of The Profit on CNBC.  On Wednesday, Jan. 27 Marcus presented the Ferndale High winners live on CNBC and the students were later interviewed by Channel 7, WXYZ TV Detroit.

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Marcus and Check

In addition Lemonis donated $10,000 to the Ferndale Public Schools.

 

The Prize

Jake and Leo on Mike

Seniors Jacob Keller and Leonardo Sweeney

As a reward for their efforts, the entire team will travel to Universal Orlando where they will spend five half days taking classes in entrepreneurship from Lemonis and five half days of enjoying the Universal theme park.  Never was studying so much fun!

Universal Orlando

Universal Business Learning Series Contest!

Now until February 23, Ferndale High School students, parents and teachers can win an all-expense paid trip for their middle or high school classroom to experience the Business Learning Series when they enter online. The incredible grand prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare to Orlando, Florida
  • Participation in the Universal Orlando Resort Business Learning Series
  • Admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks
  • Accommodations on-site at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ground transportation between the airport and hotel in Orlando
  • Tickets to Blue Man Group

For more information about the national sweepstakes and Universal’s Business Learning Series program, visit http://www.cnbcprime.com/the-profit/universal-youth/

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