Trimble grad to attend Berea summer institute

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Donna Reeves, a 1981 Trimble County High School graduate, will be attending the 2012 summer institute Entrepreneurship for the Public Good at Berea College.

In an intensive 8-week program, Reeves and 14 other Berea College students will learn to recognize opportunity and use it to enhance local economies. The participants will travel the Appalachian region gaining insight into the area’s economic conditions. They will learn social networking techniques and ways to manipulate online resources.

The group will work in a mentoring program, teaching high school students in the Appalachian region social networking skills. They will work with community partners developing socially innovative projects. Students will develop skills that will allow them to stimulate economic development in their home communities.

This program is designed by the Entrepreneurship for Public Good Summer Institute of Berea College. During the EPG Institute, 20 EPG participants practice entrepreneurial leadership skills such as creativity and recognizing opportunity by pursuing both social and commercial enterprises in Central Appalachia, including Eastern Kentucky.

Berea, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea charges no tuition, admitting only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. All students must work 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board.