CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday, March 7, the creation of the Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship (GSE), which will celebrate its inaugural session at Marshall University July 5-26.
“Part of building a strong business climate in West Virginia is providing our state’s residents with the resources they need to create new products and use those skills to build a small business that supports our local economies,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I am proud to add the Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship to our successful lineup of Governor’s Schools.”
The Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship is a three-week, intense session open to West Virginia high school students enrolled in the ninth through 11th grades. Experiences that may help with a successful application include Project Lead the Way,engineering, computer science, graphic design, architecture, web design, agricultural education, family and consumer sciences, robotics, Odyssey of the Mind, Future Business Leaders of America, DECA, Future Farmers of America, FTA, and the biomedical/medical fields. Applications are due Wednesday, March 30.
“We are eager to offer the GSE to our high school students,” said Kay Goodwin, secretary of Education and the Arts. “The goal is to give them the opportunity to come out of their comfort zone and to become inventors, better speakers, and active leaders as they develop business plans, raise venture capital, and sell their business or product ideas. They will also experience a summer they will always remember.”
In coordination with GSE, Marshall University is offering a scholarship for students with a 3.0 GPA to earn up to six hours of college credit upon completing the required GSE digital badges. Students that choose this option will pay only $35 to cover registration and transcription costs.
Governor’s Schools are provided at no cost to students or parents. For more information about GSE, visit www.wvgse.org or email Sherry Keffer, director of Governor’s Schools at [email protected]