2/20/2014 4:45 PM
by Karen Franklin
GHENT - High school students and business leaders shared their ideas about how launching businesses can diversify the economy in southern West Virginia.
The activities are all part of a regional summit hosted by New River Community and Technical College in Ghent. Students from Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West teamed up to promote entrepreneurship in education.
Katie Ickes is with the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development and said the students positively respond to these seminars.
"The sky is the limit once you grab hold of your vision and just start to work towards it," she said. "Any of these kids can do just as well."
College officials say it's about encouraging younger generations to use the combination of natural talents and learned skills to make the community a more dynamic place to live.
"Our economy has long been a part of coal, and is a rich heritage and culture that we all have to continue to say, 'Yes, that's where we came from, but it's not where we're going to go,'" NRCTC President Dr. L. Marshall Washington told WOAY.