The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy are collaborating on a project that will provide entrepreneurial instruction in elementary and middle schools in 18 south-central counties.
Under the auspices of the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute (KECI) obtained a grant from ARC to provide teacher instruction and curriculum for a youth entrepreneurship education program, E-Discovery Challenge, in eastern Kentucky counties.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are an essential part of Kentucky’s economy,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “During these difficult economic times, programs that encourage business development – on all levels – are more important than ever. Children who learn how to start their own businesses are more likely to be involved in community growth, job creation and contribute to the economic strength of their home areas. I’m thrilled about the potential economic and social impact of this program on the region.”
Counties where the pioneering program will be implemented include Bath, Carter, Elliott, Lawrence, Lewis, Menifee, Morgan, Robertson and Wolfe in northeastern Kentucky, and Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Hart, McCreary, Monroe, Russell and Wayne.
“No matter what career path students eventually choose, if they have an understanding of how to develop a business, it can not only enhance their skills but also has the potential to impact the economy of our state,” said Melony Furby, community developer for entrepreneurship for KECI and project manager for E-Discovery Challenge.