Program to Develop Business Minded Children Coming to Forest City

The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will conduct Entrepreneur for a Day programs in Forest City on March 24 and at NIACC on March 27 and 28 for the Forest City 5th grade students. Over 80 students will participate in the two-session program.

The Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D®) program is dedicated to teaching 5th grade students the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and how to start a business. Kelley Crane is the coordinator of the program and she explains its purpose.

During this two session program, participants experience business skills that are vital to the workplace, both as an owner or as a manager. This marks the first step in getting entrepreneurship education into the schools.

The second day, students are invited to visit the NIACC campus where they begin to work hands on being a business owner.

The visit concludes with a tour of NIACC which offers students a sense of campus life, diversity and validates college. Many of these students may be the first generation in their families to attend college, and the campus presence enables the students to make a post-secondary connection.

Nineteen school districts and over 1,200 5th grade students in North Iowa will participate in E4D this school year. E4D is completing its tenth year of working with students in this region.

Many may question why a program like entrepreneurship is geared toward and begins with fifth graders.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is located on the North Iowa Area Community College campus in Mason City and provides college level courses and degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting services for business start-ups, existing industries and owner transitions in the North Iowa region. Space is available for start-up businesses in the North Iowa Business Incubator.

For more information regarding the Entrepreneur for a Day program, please contact Kelley Crane at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 641-422-4234 or

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