CEDAR, Inc. is pleased to offer the ECLRP program for the third year, following the successful implementation of the program over the last two years. CEDAR is looking forward to continuing its partnership with the regional colleges, along with various industry and business groups in combining coal education and entrepreneurialism for this unique learning opportunity for high school students in the twenty-one county program area.

We look forward to working with the following stakeholders as part of this unique partnership:

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Academia Partners:

Alice Lloyd College; Ashland Community and Technical College; Big Sandy Community and Technical College; Hazard Community and Technical College; Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College; and the University of Pikeville.

Business Partners - (Chambers of Commerce):

Breathitt County; Floyd County; Harlan County; Hazard-Perry County; Hyden-Leslie County; Knott County; Letcher County; Paintsville-Johnson County; Southeast Kentucky.

Resource Partners:

Payton May – Bit Source, Inc. (Design Strategy) Traci Tackett – Gifted and Talented Teacher (Environmental Educator) Dr. Ronald Hustedde – Director, Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute (Univ. of KY) Ian Mooers – East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (Economic/Entrepreneur Liaison)

Governmental Partner:

Owen Michels Environmental Scientist (Division of Mine Permits) Kentucky Department of Natural Resources

CEDAR’s goal is to provide a program that is fair and equable to all participating teams and members, and that will provide the same opportunity and resources to all in their quest for success in this unique learning opportunity. A series of workshops will be conducted for all Team Members and Coaches, and will include the following topics:

Initial - August 28th - CEDAR will post on the program’s website its recommendations relative to the following first steps:

  • Recruitment of team members. (This is very important in order to give your team the best chance for overall success in the program, and is based on our experience over the last two years);

  • Business Idea selection process.

Each of the four topic-specific workshops will be held on two different dates and at two different locations for the convenience of participants. CEDAR will provide dinner plus a $0.25 per mile travel allowance for travel to and from each workshop. The workshop locations will be determined after the participating teams are known, so that travel distance can be considered when choosing the locations.

Teams advancing to the Regional Challenge will be provided with the required materials and supplies needed for the construction of their physical model, and/or prototypes, which will be distributed at the February workshops.

At the end of the program there will be a Regional Challenge competition that will consist of twelve teams competing for cash awards, as described on the Coaches Awards Program and the Student Awards Program.

The same Judging Panel will score all three components of the program, being:

  1. The Site Profile Report;

  2. The Business Plan Report;

  3. The Challenge Presentation, which will include the Site/Physical Model, and Business Plan/Prototype.

The Panel will consist of five individuals with the following affiliation:

  1. A Representative each from Business,

  2. The Coal Industry,

  3. Academia,

  4. Government Regulatory

  5. Economic/Entrepreneur Development

The weighted average of all five judges’ scores from the Site Profile and Business Plan Reports, as well as the overall presentation score at the Regional Challenge will be combined to determine the overall place winners for First, Second and Third.