El Dorado, AR (January 6, 2014) – Eight community colleges across the state in partnership with the Arkansas Women’s Business Center will offer college-credit entrepreneurship classes. Lisa Davis of Winrock International and interim director of the Arkansas Women’s Business Center stated, “This will be an exciting event where students across the state can participate in the same class via compressed video”. Each class counts as three hours of college credit and begins on January 15, 2014. Krystal Thrailkill, Ed.D. will be the instructor. Dr. Thrailkill is the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas. She teaches courses in Statistics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Finance. She also works as a business consultant assisting businesses with marketing program creation and implementation; work-place assessments and recommendations; and professional workshop services for various clients.
The following colleges are participating in this compressed video class:
Arkansas State University – Beebe/Searcy
Arkansas State University – Newport
Black River Technical – Pocahontas
College of the Ouachitas – Malvern
Mid-South Community College – West Memphis
Rich Mountain Community College – Mena
South Arkansas Community College – El Dorado
Southeast Arkansas Community College – Pine Bluff
Professional Selling and Advertising and Introduction to Entrepreneurship are the two classes that are being offered for the spring semester. Both classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday for the semester. Introduction to Entrepreneurship will meet from 1:10 to 2:25 p.m. and Professional Selling and Advertising will be offered from 2:35 to 3:50 p.m. The 4th edition of Entrepreneurial Small Business will be the text book.
Current business owners, college students, and anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business are welcome to register for the classes. “A mix of students with varying experiences from across the state will provide interaction that will enhance the learning experience of this class,” according to Davis. Everyone who is interested should check with the registrar or their advisor at one of the participating colleges. For non-college students other options may also be available. Check about auditing the class if you want the knowledge, but not a grade. Also, tuition waivers may be available to senior citizens.