Penn State Berks holds entrepreneurship program for PEPP students

Penn State Berks students in the Entrepreneurship Club and Minor will hold a workshop for middle and high school Reading School District students in the Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP) on Thursday, April 18. The PEPP students will learn about entrepreneurship, self-assessment and starting a business plan. This is the second program the Entrepreneurship Club and Minor held for PEPP students; the first program was held earlier in the semester, on March 14.

PEPP students will learn how to become innovative thinkers during the workshops. Throughout the self-assessment portion of the workshop, the students will learn about themselves, their passions, networking and generating new ideas. Finally, they will be taught the basics of a writing a business plan and how to incorporate their business plan with the needs of their community.

These workshops are supported by National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Abdullah Konak, associate professor of information sciences and technology, and Sadan Kulturel-Konak, associate professor of management information systems and coordinator of the entrepreneurship minor, are faculty advisers and workshop co-coordinators.

The Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP) is an early-intervention collaboration between Penn State Berks and the Reading School District. The mission of the program is to enhance academic preparedness and motivation levels in its Reading School District (RSD) participants to pursue higher education. 

PEPP also recruits and trains students from Penn State Berks, most of whom are childhood and early education majors, to act as PEPP Learning Assistants (PLAs). In this role, the Penn State Berks students serve as tutors and mentors, and are positive role models who lead and inspire the PEPP students. The PLAs must present a lesson plan in addition to tutoring, mentoring, helping with homework, planning and coordinating PEPP student ideas and projects, and learning about classroom management in a diverse urban school environment. 

For more information, contact Guadalupe Kasper, PEPP program coordinator, at 610-396-6272 or via email at

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Last Updated April 17, 2013