FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University recently hosted a three-day program of entrepreneurship training for local teachers.
The training was sponsored by the Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina (YEScarolina), partner of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). The training included 21 hours of instruction and participation, meals, and a “goody bag” of materials that teachers can use to incorporate entrepreneurship in their classes.
Teachers learned several aspects of entrepreneurship and participated in activities such as putting together a business plan. The teachers can return for further sessions later this summer to earn three hours of graduate credit. Program participants, local legislators, and NFTE representatives attended.
“Research shows that entrepreneurship is a spirit which is best sparked at a young age,” said Joe Aniello, an FMU business professor and executive director of the university’s Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute. “By helping to instill an entrepreneurship philosophy in our Pee Dee teachers, we hope to better prepare students who wish to study entrepreneurship in college.”
Thirty area teachers participated in the three-day training taught by instructors Carly David and Harriet Templin. Also present were Jimmy Bailey, YEScarolina executive director, and Jenny Whittle, educational consultant. From the training last year emerged the NFTE Teacher of the Year, Brenda Savage of Timmonsville High School.
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