Raymond Okyere-Forson, aka Rofy Ray, a 2015 graduate of the McDowell Early College has been accepted as one of the 15 members for the 15th cohort of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) program at Berea College this summer.

This program creates a multi-year, learning experience for students to practice and implement entrepreneurial leadership in communities of Appalachia, and even beyond. During this summer the EPG Institute students practice a series of skills by pursuing both social and commercial enterprises in Appalachia during an eight week period. Not only will the students learn in the classroom but they will also be active participants in using social media to help uplift the Appalachian region.

The Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) program was established 15 years ago in 2003 when the first cohort was put together. The program was created to engage Berea College students in entrepreneurship and leadership activities in order to enable them to explore approaches to entrepreneurship for the public good in the context of economic development in Appalachia; identify and seize new entrepreneurial opportunities and develop and build leadership skills.

During this summer’s institute, students will learn leadership and teamwork skills, business planning and marketing, entrepreneurship and creativity, and various community development approaches in Appalachia while engaging multidisciplinary faculty, business, and community entrepreneurs as well as classmates and team members in their bid to fulfill team project goals and the satisfaction that comes with personal growth.

Students, during the summer institute, will achieve these goals through the six core learning goals of the program: engaging complexity and uncertainty; exploring values and ethical structures; facilitating group decisions; recognizing opportunity; mobilizing resources; and, advocating change. These core goals form the basis of the Cycle of Abilities, a term for describing the impact made on program participants who go through this engaging learning experience.

For more information, visit: https://epg.berea.edu/en/

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