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Voinovich School partners to expand youth entrepreneurship efforts


Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will continue to partner with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) to offer the ICAN! Entrepreneurship Advancement Initiative in several Ohio counties.

The ICAN! program focuses on entrepreneurship, looking at the basics of business and associated financial issues. Launched last fall in two area high schools, the program is looking to expand to as many as six different schools.

“We held classes in Logan High School and Tri-County Career Center and we’re set to begin in Meadowbrook High School, one or two classes in Adams County and we’re looking at Gallia County and Washington County,” said Shawn Mallett, director of Ohio’s Small Business Development Center at Ohio University.

Mallett said students who aren’t necessarily planning on entering the business world will benefit from ICAN! as well.
 
“Students get a basic knowledge of the terminology used in business,” Mallett said. “They’ll look at business as a basic consumer, analyzing why people advertise in particular ways and how supply and demand works.”

One of the most exciting changes during this second year is that the schools are incorporating ICAN! into their standard curriculum. During the inaugural year, students only participated on a volunteer basis.

The class at Tri-County was part of a fashion business course, and Logan High School is working to incorporate it into an accounting class. In Adams County, plans are under way to bring in the program for a two-day intensive session.

“It is exciting to see the creativity that comes when we work together to create opportunities for young people,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of FAO. “One of the most powerful ways FAO meets its mission is by supporting educational and business networks in connecting with each other to share talent and resources.”

Schools or teachers interested in the ICAN! Entrepreneurship Advancement Initiative can visit www.AppalachianOhio.org or contact Tracy Mann of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio at 740-753-1111 ext. 21.