Central Texas College students help teens launch their own business


Many postsecondary institutions offer business degree programs. However, Central Texas College (CTC) provides business students with real-world application opportunities for their skills. For example, the CTC Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team help their community by teaching local teenagers how to start a small business, according to the school.

SIFE collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to create the Building Lives Youth Group. The initiative is a workshop that was designed to help teens develop entrepreneurial skills. In December of 2010, one team opened their business, which is called Custom Krafts.

The store sells home décor items, such as bird houses, stepping stools, key racks and other decorative pieces, which are made of recycled wood and other eco-friendly materials.

"Building Lives was established to teach young people how to run a small business," Chastity Clemons, CTC SIFE coordinator, told the news source. "They have learned everything from start-up funding, to developing a product line, to purchasing materials, to marketing the finished product and everything in between. And now they will put all they've learned together in hopes of having a successful business and sale."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of professionals in business industries is expected to increase over the next several years.

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