PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is one of seven schools to participate in an entrepreneurship education grant through EntreEd (the consortium for Entrepreneurship Education), the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Behavioral Business, LLC and the EdVenture Group.
The grant was awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) program. BSCTC will receive $12,000 annually through 2019 to deliver comprehensive entrepreneurship training to secondary schools in Pike, Martin and Magoffin counties.
“Our goal is to educate students on the role entrepreneurship plays in the local, regional and national economy,” said Kelli Chaney, dean of career education and workforce development at BSCTC. “The economy of the country was built and continues to be built by the dreams and aspirations of entrepreneurs. We want to share this valuable training to students and spawn a conversation about how entrepreneurship can fit into their future goals.”
The grant will establish and strengthen relationships between K-12 schools and local community colleges to ensure participating schools can earn the designation as one of “America’s Entrepreneurial Schools.”
“We are thankful to the Appalachian Regional Commission, NACCE and other partners for their trust in us to deliver this high-caliber program,” said Chaney. “This has the opportunity to be a game-changer in eastern Kentucky.”
This is the second POWER grant BSCTC has been awarded this year. In January, the college was the recipient of a $3.5 million POWER grant to deliver rapidly-deployed, employer-led training.