LEC Center for Entrepreneurship students outline new ventures in airport preservation, viticulture, medicine and art


Student speaking to groupAt the 2nd Annual Pheasant Run Airport & Museum (PRAM) Field Day on April 18, 2018, students in ET 402 “New Venture Practicum and Entrepreneurship Experience” presented their year-long pursuits of PRAM preservation and vineyard feasibility, an on-campus physician assistant clinic and visual art at LEC.

“Each student dedicated their senior year to working on a clearly defined project associated with an identified need/opportunity at LEC,” said Peter Apicella, entrepreneur-in-residence and adjunct faculty member in the Center for Entrepreneurship. “Through their research and work, ET 402 found their projects held many interesting and diverse opportunities. One thing is for sure, we all learned that the opportunities will continue beyond graduation this May.”

ET 402 wraps up a two-part series for LEC’s entrepreneurship major, which prepares students to launch and lead business ventures that serve today’s market. Seniors Sarah Dwyer, Aleena O’Brien, Anthony Vitale and Jacob Panyathong explained how they formulated their businesses and planned operations for existing ventures like the museum and private airport that were part of a multimillion-dollar gift to LEC: PRAM.Student speaking to group

PRAM, a major focus for last year’s cohort of entrepreneurship students as well, is located at 5782 Trask Road in Madison Ohio. Founder Gretchen Reed and Manager Christopher Joles held a tour of the museum’s vintage airplane collection on Field Day. Entrepreneurship students have been exploring ways to entice visitors to the museum and improve their tour experience through features such as an on-site vineyard.

The Center for Entrepreneurship embraces students interested in disciplines from history and creative writing to education curriculum and science. Students have access to experiential learning as they work to deliver a product, develop an initial customer base and generate revenue.

For further information about PRAM or the Center for Entrepreneurship at LEC, contact Jeffery Eakin at jeakin@lec.edu or 440.463.2052.Students gathered for group picture

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