On Monday morning, Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor, Jenean Hampton, stopped by the Butler County Area Technology Center to speak to students about the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge.
“When I was growing up in Detroit, nobody around me, none of the adults, nobody was talking about the possibility even, of working for themselves. So I just want to introduce them, I want them to know that it is possible and that they are capable of doing it. At some point if they decide to, if they go through this challenge, then they will know where to start.” says Jenean Hampton, the Lt. Governor of Kentucky.
This challenge is a state wide competition for all high school students, from freshmen… to seniors.
Phillip Stagner hopes some of his students take advantage of this opportunity.
“Well, it’s just like in any classroom. Some of the students are going to take it for what it’s worth. What I am really for is that small percentage, maybe ten percent that the little light bulb goes off over their head and they do actually take advantage of this.” says Phillip Stagner, a business teacher at the Butler County Area Technology Center.
The goal is to teach students how to start a business, learn valuable communication skills, all while working effectively as a team.
Some students like Allie, are already planning on competing.
“It’s really good motivation. I loved how she said that we were capable of doing this challenge and that just got me thinking that I am capable of doing that so, right after I was asking my friends if they want to do it with me because I thought it would be a really cool opportunity.” says Allie Bergee, a student at Butler County High School.
The winning team will receive thousands of dollars in scholarship money and valuable experience they can use in their futures.
“I thought it was motivating, because she said she come from Detroit and you know, she didn’t grow up very wealthy and she worked her way up. She did the best she could.” says Trenton Bryant, a student at Butler County High School.
This is the third year for the Entrepreneurship Challenge.