The EdVenture Group, Inc. as a recipient of a $717,166 ARC POWER grant, announced today by Appalachian Regional Commission, will create the Simulated Workplace Entrepreneurship Education Pathway (SWEEP) in six counties in WV, including Calhoun and Gilmer Career Center, in addition to Fayette, Lincoln, Mingo, and Wyoming centers.

The project is a three-year partnership between Marshall University’s iCenter, the West Virginia Department of Education, Standwatch Academy, and Intuit Education designed to encourage CTE graduates to start new businesses in their local communities post-graduation.

The program will infuse entrepreneurship into existing career and technical education programs to encourage the emerging workforce to explore and create new opportunities within their local community.

"We’re very excited and thankful for ARC’s support of this important project that will impact economic diversity in local West Virginia communities. The collaboration and opportunities made possible by this funding will help to shape a stronger WV over the next three years," said Dr. Lydotta Taylor, President of The EdVenture Group.

"It’s an opportunity for students to think differently about the future of our state and their own role in it. SWEEP provides students with foundational entrepreneurial skills that allows them to recognize, or in many cases create, their own prosperity within their local community," said Amber Ravenscroft, SWEEP Project Director.

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