Beshear unveils teen initiative for job creation

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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Beshear said the initiative fits into the state's strategy to build a high-tech economy by helping teens understand the process.

"We know that most of the net new jobs across the U.S. are being created by small, young companies," Beshear said. "Building a successful 21st century economy must begin by preparing our young people to be familiar with creative thinking and design thinking. We need them to fully understand the process of creating an innovative product or service and developing a business model around it."

The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs will be a three-week summer program held at Georgetown College in June. Up to 50 students, chosen competitively, will be invited to take part the first year.

Students will be divided into teams to develop an idea, then create and market it.

"The world is growing more sophisticated every day," Beshear said. "Innovation and commercialization are critical to our nation's prosperity and to Kentucky's ability to share in that prosperity. By developing talent early and broadly, we can dramatically enhance job creation and our competitive position."

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Governor's School for Entrepreneurs: http://gse.kstc.com/