Partnership formed for pilot project

Staff report

Hermitage, PA

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, in partnership with the eCenter@LindenPointe, the city of Hermitage, the Franklin Center of Beaver County, Community Connections and five local school districts, has developed an innovative pilot project: the Entrepreneurship Academy@LindenPointe.

Funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Discovered in Pa., Developed in Pa. program, the experience incorporates 21st- century skills into an active learning experience for students at local schools.

The instructional programs will provide hands-on learning experiences that teach students to incorporate critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, adaptability, entrepreneurship, communication, curiosity and imagination into their work.

“The innovative program we are supporting today will help by providing student entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow and thrive in the commonwealth,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker.

D2PA was established by the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett in 2011 to better support Pennsylvania businesses and to spur creativity and innovation in economic development services. D2PA funds are used to promote entrepreneurship, encourage technology transfer, build capacity for regional economic development, and proactively reach out to and help businesses.

Beginning in September, 2014, 25 students from five pilot school districts will receive instruction four days per week in half-day sessions at the eCenter. High school students who successfully complete the program will receive credit toward high school graduation. Pilot school districts include Farrell, Hermitage, Sharpsville, Sharon and West Middlesex.

In addition to the learning experience at the eCenter, students will engage in an entrepreneurship course through the Franklin Center and the Entrepreneuring Youth curriculum.

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