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McKinley-ALC Students Attend Service Entrepreneurship Camp

May 2, 2017 

Fifteen students from the McKinley-ALC, joined by 37 additional students from alternative learning centers, had the unique opportunity to spend three days in Winona, Minnesota  learning about small business ownership. The cooperative venture was highly successful as the students experienced life on a college campus while being mentored 24/7 by the 13 entrepreneurship students from Winona State University (WSU). Several local entrepreneurs shared their stories and their businesses to the students as they hosted tours and answered questions. The WSU students conducted engaging classes ranging from what is entrepreneurship, sales and marketing, accounting, business planning, finance, expansion, human resources and exit strategies. Students interacted in hands-on activities to facilitate learning of the business concepts. Many students expressed a desire to explore or reinforced an interest in careers in business management and ownership as a result of attending the camp.  

The camp was started by professor Don Salyards, an economics professor at WSU and entrepreneur himself, whose energy and passion for spreading the expertise was evidenced by his enthusiasm at the camp. Professor Salyards markets the camp toward alternative learning students who may possess qualities that contribute to successful business development. Many thanks to Salyards and his contributors, as well as funding from District 742 Equity Services and a Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) grant for making this opportunity possible! 

Students and staff who attended the camp were: Ahmed Al Fareh, Breauna Campbell, Howie Eve Chanthalangsy, Alanson Cleveland, Hanad Gaal, Quentin Gonzalez, Elizabeth Meyer, Le’Roy Moore, Preston Poppenhagen, Rachel Roemhildt, Acacia Smith, Curtis Strother, Marissa VanBeek, Tennessee Walker, Noel Young, Cyndi Simson and Dave Masters.

McKinley-ALC Entrepreneurship Camp