Fostering Self ESTEAM in Appalachia’s Emerging Workforce

An Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative. Please note that this programming ended during the summer of 2022.

ESTEAM Project Overview

In October 2019, EntreEd was awarded its second Appalachian Regional Commission POWER grant in the amount of over $1.4 million dollars for the Fostering Self ESTEAM in Appalachia’s Emerging Workforce project. The project helps middle and high school programs in a seven-state region infuse Entrepreneurship into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) initiatives. The two-year project will reach 52 counties and a potential 75 rural school districts and is a continued, collaborative effort between EntreEd, The EdVenture Group, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and the National Center for Resource Development (NCRD).

ESTEAM Project Region

Bell, Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Macgoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Wolfe
Counties Served
Big Sandy CTC, Hazard CTC, Southeast KY CTC
Community Partners
Rachelle Burchett
Director of Community Workforce and Economic Development, BSCTC

Keila Miller
Community, Workforce & Economic Development Dean, HCTC

Sandy Campbell
Workforce Solutions Liaison, HCTC

Sherri Clark
Director of Workforce Solutions, Southeast

Points of Contact
Laura McCall
EntreEd Regional Coordinator
North Carolina
Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Madison, Swain
Counties Served
Western Region Education Service Alliance (WRESA)
Community Partner
Carol Douglas
Point of Contact
Laura McCall
EntreEd Regional Coordinator
Athens, Hocking, Perry, Vinton
Counties Served
Hocking College
Community Partner
Michelle Robinson
Director, Special Projects and Community Engagement, Workforce Development
Point of Contact
Toi Hershman
EntreEd Regional Coordinator
Greene, Fayette, Washington
Counties Served
Intermediate Unit 1
Community Partner
Dave Dunham
Curriculum Specialist
Point of Contact
Toi Hershman
EntreEd Regional Coordinator
Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Morgan, Scott
Counties Served
Roane State CTC
Community Partner
Tracy Powers
Site Director – Campbell County
Point of Contact
Laura McCall
EntreEd Regional Coordinator
Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Wise
Counties Served
Mountain Empire CC
Community Partner
Jane Jones
Business Administration
Points of Contact
Laura McCall
EntreEd Regional Coordinator
West Virginia
Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Roane, Webster, Wyoming
Counties Served
Bridge Valley CTC, Pierpont CTC, Southern West Virginia CTC
Community Partners
Jason Spencer
Assistant Professor, BVCTC

Martina Bachlechner
STREAM Coordinator, PCTC

Russell Saunders
Dean of the School of Career and Technical Studies, SWVCTC

Points of Contact
Laura McCall
EntreEd Regional Coordinator

ESTEAM Project Goals

  1. Support educators in integrating entrepreneurship within all academic subjects and grade levels.
  2. Foster entrepreneurial mindsets and knowledge in middle- and high-school students across the region.
  3. Provide experiential opportunities to build entrepreneurial pipelines in rural communities across Appalachia.

ESTEAM Project Resources

To support educators and students across the region in meeting these goals, EntreEd and partners support a robust project portfolio of resources and activities. Click the interactive portfolio below for more information on resources available to your local school within the ESTEAM project region.

Join the

Educators in the ESTEAM project region receive complimentary registration to EntreEd's Membership Portal.

Join Us
Take a

Earn CEUs and integrate entrepreneurship into your classroom via our online courses. Enroll for free via the Membership Portal.

Explore Courses
Engage Your

Free access to EntreEd's 10-lesson Learn2Launch student course, designed for implementation in any classroom or learning environment.

Learn More
Practice Your

ESTEAM Pitch Contest series is open to middle and high schools across the region. For info on your local competition, click below.

Sign Up
Find Your

ESTEAM offers up to $3,000 in implementation funds and $1,000 mini-grants to support entrepreneurship projects across the region. Contact us to determine eligibility.

Am I Eligible?
Earn Your

Earn your national America's Entrepreneurial Schools designation for providing entrepreneurship education to every student, every year.

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ESTEAM Project Funders

ESTEAM Project Partners

ESTEAM Directors

For more information, contact our ESTEAM Project & Regional Directors.


Project Director

Email Amber

Regional Director

Email Jenny

Regional Director

Email Toi

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