Entrepreneurship program in Jefferson County is helping students be successful.

West Virginia

An entrepreneurship program in Jefferson County is helping students be successful. 

Students in grades 7-11 at the Martin Robison Delany Opportunity Learning Center (OLC), which is an alternative school, gave students the opportunity to design and showcase their own businesses Tuesday morning at the Ranson Civic Center. 

“The main thing is chocolate cake, that’s our signature dish,” said Devin Neady, an 8th grader at OLC. “It’s easy to teach people how to bake and more job opportunities in the area as well.”

Students like him were given six weeks from start to finish. Principal Thomasa Vandell said, this is the first year for the program thanks to a grant of around 600 through the Jefferson Arts Council.

“They were actively engaged the whole time, it was incredible. I went home so many days with a full heart,” said Vandell.  

A variety of businesses included make up services, mowing and one of the projects was a map displaying where all of the businesses would be located. The students even designed logos that were featured on t-shirts. 

“It’s a outlet for me and a way to distress myself and show some creativity,” said Sharvani Bhagroo, a Sophomore at OLC. 

The goal, to help these students think of something they can dive into and be excited for, even passionate about. 

The project is funded in part by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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