Fostering Self ESTEAM in Appalachia’s Emerging Workforce

An Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative

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ESTEAM Project Overview

In October 2019, EntreEd was awarded its second Appalachian Regional Commission POWER grant in the amount of over $1.4 million dollars for the Fostering Self ESTEAM in Appalachia’s Emerging Workforce project. The project helps middle and high school programs in a seven-state region infuse Entrepreneurship into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) initiatives. The two-year project will reach 52 counties and a potential 75 rural school districts and is a continued, collaborative effort between EntreEd, The EdVenture Group, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and the National Center for Resource Development (NCRD).

ESTEAM Project Region

Click each state for a full list of involved counties and local partner info

“EntreEd and partners are very happy to be able to work in multiple ARC states to connect Entrepreneurship and STEAM and to continue helping middle and high schools become America’s Entrepreneurial Schools. The Appalachian Regional Commission, Benedum Foundation, and Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation have been powerful funding partners in this effort.”

 

-Dr. Gene Coulson, EntreEd Executive Director 

ESTEAM Project Goals

  1. .Support educators in integrating entrepreneurship within all academic subjects and grade levels.

  2. Foster entrepreneurial mindsets and knowledge in middle- and high-school students across the region. 

  3. Provide experiential opportunities to build entrepreneurial pipelines in rural communities across Appalachia. 

ESTEAM Project Resources

To support educators and students across the region in meeting these goals, EntreEd and partners support a robust project portfolio of resources and activities. Click the interactive portfolio below for more information on resources available to your local school within the ESTEAM project region. 

JOIN THE
COMMUNITY

Educators in the ESTEAM project region receive complimentary registration to EntreEd's Membership Portal.

PRACTICE YOUR
PITCH

ESTEAM Pitch Contest series is open to middle and high schools across the region. For info on your local competition, click below.

TAKE A
COURSE

Earn CEUs and integrate entrepreneurship into your classroom via our online courses. Enroll for free via the Membership Portal.

FIND YOUR
FUNDS

ESTEAM offers up to $3,000 in implementation funds and $1,000 mini-grants to support entrepreneurship projects across the region. Contact us to determine eligibility.

ENGAGE YOUR
STUDENTS

Free access to EntreEd's 10-lesson Learn2Launch student course, designed for implementation in any classroom or learning environment.

EARN YOUR
DESIGNATION

Earn your national America's Entrepreneurial Schools designation for providing entrepreneurship education to every student, every year. 

ESTEAM Project Funders

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ESTEAM Project Partners

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For more information, contact our ESTEAM Project & Regional Directors.

Project Director

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Regional Director:

OH, PA

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Regional Director:

KY, NC, TN, VA, WV