15 students selected for entrepreneurial training

A total of 15 middle and high school students have been selected for a program that teaches them to become entrepreneurs who run their own businesses.

The students will participate in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program coordinated by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are delighted to welcome these students in the YEA program and are excited to see the businesses that they create,” said Betsy Bair, program director. “We are thankful to our dedicated sponsors, instructors, mentors and community businesses that will be working with these students over the coming months.”

Over the course of the academic year, students go through the process of starting and running a business, writing business plans, obtaining funding and developing brand identities. By the end of the year, students operate a fully functioning business.

The students who have been selected for the program are: Michael Ash from East Middle School; Shalynn Boyles from Mount Garfield Middle School; Lindsey Garchar and Kohl Hagee from Fruita 8/9; Madelyn Swelstad from Caprock Academy; Megan Garchar, Dalton Neely and Dean VanWinkle from Fruita Monument High School; Zach Andrus, McKenna Chism and Jacqueline Cole from Grand Junction High School; Michael Smith from Grand River Virtual Academy; Katie Hartter, a home school student; and Andrea Chamorro and Quintin Day from Palisade High School.