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NIACC to conduct Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

NIACC's Pappajohn Center
NIACC’s Pappajohn Center

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will again be conducting the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy (YEA) on June 17-21, 2013.  With generous financial support from the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation this continues to be a free event for participating students.   YEA is now entering its 16th year of providing a unique entrepreneurial education through a hands-on experience.   This year the academy has been re-designed to help students launch their own businesses with a chance to earn money.

The Pappajohn Center extended invitations to all North Iowa high school students through area high school guidance counselors.  Marketing materials and applications have been sent to all schools.  Applicants are asked to complete an application packet that includes a personal and parent recommendation, a student essay and also come in for an interview with Pappajohn Center staff by April 26th, 2013.

The Academy this year will be held for five days from 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. daily.  The objectives of the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy are to expose students to entrepreneurship, provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and creativity, help students understand critical thinking skills and give students another career option of being a “job creator” instead of a “job taker.”   Participants are eligible for an automatic $500 Youth Entrepreneurial Academy Scholarship if they choose to attend NIACC following their high school graduation.

For more information, please contact Tim Putnam at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 641-422-4192 orputnatim@niacc.edu.     The national NACCE Innovation Award winning NIACC JPEC provides college level courses and degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting services for business start-ups, existing industries and owner transitions in the North Iowa region.

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