CARBONDALE — The Carbondale Technology Transfer Center (CTTC) recently completed its third annual youth Entrepreneurship Academy at Carbondale Area High School and expanded the program to Forest City Regional High School for the first time.

Crew Systems Corporation, Carbondale, sponsored the Carbondale Area project, having the students work on a marketing plan for the Kitchen Incubator at the CTTC.

The students’ marketing plans were featured on the CTTC Facebook page, and fans of the page voted for their favorite plan.

The group of Ashlynn Allison, Alex Granville and Kayla McDonough received the most votes for their marketing plan.

Ms. Licia Olivetti served as the Carbondale Area faculty sponsor.

This past academic year also marked the first year of the Entrepreneurship Academy at Forest City Regional High School.

NEP Telephone, Forest City, joined the effort as this year’s sponsoring business, having the students work on a marketing plan for their internet, cable, and telephone services.

The students presented their recommendations to the executive team at NEP Telephone, highlighting ways the company can market their products and services in the local area.

Mr. Mike Zack served as the Forest City Regional faculty sponsor.

The Entrepreneurship Academy strives to expose local high school students to the concept of entrepreneurship and its supporting characteristics, including leadership, marketing, effective business practices, and a spirit of independent thinking.

Students participating in the program are educated through classroom instruction along with hands on learning through the completion of a project in conjunction with a local business.

Financial support for this year’s program was generously provided by the Jessie Osgood Tourje Memorial Fund.

The CTTC operates a fully functional small business incubator, divided into Office, Light Industry, Mixed-Use, Electronic Makerspace and Kitchen Incubator sections to allow us to serve a wide range of entrepreneurial companies.

Business assistance services that help companies develop Business Plans, Market Studies, Loan Proposals, etc. are provided.

In order to maintain the availability of financing for tenant and client companies, the CTTC provides guided access to development of financing packages with banks and other economic development entities.

The Center also offers technical assistance to companies working with various technology applications and maintains linkages to federal laboratories, and to the local offices of the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, PENNTAP, and the Industrial Resource Center.

The CTTC also sponsors and or runs classes and seminars oriented to the needs of people starting and running small businesses. The youth Entrepreneurship Academy is a part of these efforts.

More information and current news about the CTTC can be found on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CdaleTTC/.