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UI Offers Entrepreneurship Training for High School Teachers

Iowa high school teachers interested in incorporating entrepreneurship education into their classrooms can attend workshops this summer sponsored by the University of Iowa's John PappaJohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC).

JPEC will be working with the Iowa Area Education Agencies to offer several seminars over the summer. The seminar in Entrepreneurship will be offered in six locations in Iowa: Iowa City, Clear Lake, Cedar Falls, Atlantic, Johnston, and Storm Lake.

Participants are eligible to earn licensure renewal credit through the Area Education Agency for attending this two-day seminar.

Participants in the Seminar in Entrepreneurship will learn strategies and methods for integrating entrepreneurship education across disciplines. In addition, participants will receive free access to a customized online entrepreneurship curriculum, developed by JPEC with support from The Coleman Foundation of Chicago.

"The UI program is open to all Iowa high school teachers interested in, or currently teaching entrepreneurship. One of the best things about this program is its adaptability," said Dawn Bowlus, JPEC's student activities and outreach coordinator. "This program is being taught in various classrooms ranging from business and retail sales to economics, agriculture and entrepreneurship."

Since the program's inception in August 2000, over 200 teachers have received training and more than 2,500 students have been influenced through these in-school programs. The Zimmerman Foundation of Fairfield, Iowa, has supported the program, which was developed by JPEC in partnership with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

Participants in the Seminar in Entrepreneurship seminar can earn UI graduate credit for an additional $305. The cost for licensure renewal credit has been included in the $60 registration fee. The deadline for registration is two weeks prior to the start date of each workshop; space is limited to 30 participants at each training location.

Training locations, dates, and registration information:

Seminar in Southeastern Iowa - Iowa City; June 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; John Papajohn Business Building, Iowa City; Registration: AEA 10; Contact: June Teigland ( or 1-800-798-9771 ext 6767); Online registration; Cost: $65

Seminar in Southwestern Iowa - Atlantic; June 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Atlantic High School; Registration: AEA 13; Contact: Diane Malcom ( or 712-366-0503 ext. 275); Online registration; Cost: $65

Northwestern Iowa-Storm Lake; June 23-24 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake Center; Registration: AEA 5; Comtact: Carrie Kee ( or 1-800 669-2325 ext. 5525); Call or e-mail for a registration application; Cost: $90

North Central Iowa-Clear Lake & Cedar Falls; August 3-4 Clear Lake from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; August 5-6 Cedar Falls from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Registration: AEA 267; Contact: Barb Schroeder ( or 319-273-8218); Online registration; Cost: $90; (space is limited to 26 participants)

Central Iowa-Johnston; August 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Heartland AEA Room I; Registration: Heartland AEA 11; Contact: Andrea Krier ( or 1-800-255-0405 ext. 4348); Online registration; Cost: $60

For more information about the Iowa High School Teacher and Youth Entrepreneurship Program, contact Dawn Bowlus at 319-335-0985 or

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