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State honors LCHS entrepreneurship efforts
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Liberty County High School is one of four schools in Georgia being honored for its pro-entrepreneur approach to education, and the school will be instrumental in developing the concept for a statewide program for primary and secondary schools.
The four schools — Liberty County, Timothy Road Elementary School in Athens-Clarke County, Dade County Middle School in Trenton and Riverwood International Charter High School in Fulton County — have each been chosen for their past and present entrepreneurship efforts.
As a teacher in Liberty County High School’s career, technical and agricultural education’s business and computer science department, Yvonne Lambert offers an approach to education that links what happens in school with opportunities in the real world.
“REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) is the third course in the small business development career pathway,” Lambert said. “This course concentrates on the management skills necessary for successful business operation. Students study management strategies for developing and implementing business plans; structuring the organization; financing the organization; and managing information, operations, marketing and human resources.”
The effort to recognize entrepreneurial education is a step toward the expansion of Georgia’s Entrepreneur Friendly program, an offshoot of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Network that provides resource awareness, opportunities to identify company needs, strategic planning and small grants to eligible counties.
In recognizing the four schools, the program’s administrators hope to create a set of criteria and eligibility requirements that can push schools’ efforts into effective and tangible results. The state is also looking ahead to expanding its effort into colleges, technical colleges and universities in Georgia.
Lambert said an integral part of the REAL course is a school-based entrepreneurial venture that engages the students in the management of a business and the challenges of being a small business owner. The students at Liberty County High School specialize in creating custom-labeled bottled water.
“We are truly honored by this recognition,” Lambert said. “By showing students how learning can lead to a variety of career options, the program helps them understand the relevance of education and prompts them to begin thinking about college, careers and the community.”
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