HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (9/13/13) – R.E.A.L. stands for Rural Entrepreneurship through Active Learning and is offered to every Hopkins County 7th grader each school year at Madisonville Community College.

This is an all-day workshop that students are able to learn about the principals of doing a community analysis and deciding what business would thrive well in their community. Students also learn what entrepreneurship means and give the students a chance to talk about the different entrepreneurs in their families.
“We turn the students loose after they learn all the information from the morning and start developing their own entrepreneurial ideas and making their own business plans and fiscally manage their money in their check books. They will be purchase things like rental space, marketing materials, utilities, and advertisement time,” said Clarissa Hill, Professor of Social Sciences at Madisonville Community College. “After lunch we take them next door so they can video a television commercial and then an audio radio commercial. Then at the closing of the day they come back in and each team will do their individual presentation and talk about their business and then everybody gets to watch and listen to their commercials.”
The college has taken the initiative to help try and promote entrepreneurship in the community and work very close with the school board system to instill the idea of entrepreneurship while the students are young.
“This is my fourth year doing this program,” said Jaime Randolph, Teacher at JMMS. “This program is for the kids to get a chance to work with high school teachers and college professors and create a mock business. They are able to go through all the steps and create business cards and floor plans. They also look at the demographics for the community and learn different things about marketing.”
Amber Averitt
SurfKY News
Photos Provided by Amber Averitt

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Registration Deadline for HCCYL Extended

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (3/5/15) — The Hopkinsville-Christian County Youth League has extended its baseball and softball… Read More

MCHS to Host Western Kentucky Percussion Festival

GREENVILLE, Ky. (3/5/15) — What began as a scheduling conflict for the Muhlenberg High School's percussion ensemble has… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

March 02, 2015 9644

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 03, 2015 5891

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 05, 2015 4656

State of Emergency Declared for Hopkins County

by Leslie Curneal
March 05, 2015 4513

UPDATE: I-24 Open Between 50-45 MM

by Keith Todd
March 03, 2015 4066

Sacramento Man Charged with Rape, Sodomy

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
March 02, 2015 3830

HCSO, MPD Join to Bust Alleged Drug Trafficking…

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 16, 2015

UPDATE: State of Emergency Declared for Kentucky

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director