What is REAL?
REAL Entrepreneurship® is a recognized leader in entrepreneurship education. REAL was born as Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning over 30 years ago as a result of the work of Dr. Johathan Sher in North Carolina and Dr. Paul DeLargy in Georgia. They had a vision that entrepreneurship could (and should) be taught as a skill set in high schools. Within just a few years, the REAL curriculum, based on the Experiential Learning Cycle, began to gain ground in high schools across the South, and later, across the U.S.
Post-secondary adaptations followed. Soon, REAL could be found in community college programs as both credit and continuing education offerings. It was inevitable that universities would see the value in an experiential learning-based curriculum, so REAL made its way there, too.
As word spread of this innovative and inclusive way of teaching entrepreneurship, educators from around the globe made their way to North Carolina to become certified REAL facilitators. Today, REAL Entrepreneurship® has a presence in 43 states and over a dozen foreign countries, thanks to the enthusiasm and effort of hundreds of educators.
Entrepreneurship Education Creates Job Creators
Those educators believe that educational institutions can and should go beyond helping students become employable. REAL economic growth and individual opportunity lies in helping students become job creators, not just job seekers.
If you are an educator, trainer, consultant, or community advocate, we'd love to talk to you about bringing REAL Entrepreneurship education to your community. Contact Us today to find out how to get started!
What People Are Saying...
"...This is hands-down the absolute best professional development/training I have ever done!!!!! Not only was the material fantastic (and the facilitator(s) as well!), but the small group and interactive learning provided great networking opportunities, and that is priceless knowledge and connections!"
- Jessica McDaniel, Small Business Center Director, Montgomery Community College, Troy, NC
In addition to our flagship REAL Entrepreneurship curriculum, we offer several targeted programs that focus on Professional Craft Arts entrepreneurship, Agricultural entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship in the Healthcare industry.
Institute News: Blowing Rock, NC Institute, Summer, 2017
Ten newly minted REAL Facilitators attended our Summer Institute in Blowing Rock, NC the last week of June.
In this first-ever event, these participants were also certified in REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship, made possible by a grant-funded scholarship provided by NC Growing Together.
Attending this year's Institute are:
Front row, L-R: Cori Lindsay, Small Business Center Director, Piedmont Community College, Yanceyville, NC; Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director, Carteret Community College, Morehead City, NC; Laurie Brintle-Jarvis, Small Business Center Director, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.
Back row, L-R: Emily Edmonds, Program Manager, NC Growing Together, Raleigh, NC; Sabrina Arch, Enterprise Development Specialist, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC; LaShon Harley, Small Business Center Director, Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC; David Chadwick, Business Administration Instructor, Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC; Laura Rollinson, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Workforce Development, Public Services & Career Readiness & Small Business Center, College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC; Becki McPherson, Small Business Center Director, Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC; and Laura Lauffer, Program Coordinator, Local Farms and Foods, NC A&T University, Pittsboro, NC.
Congratulations to all!