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B-CU Draws Increased Community Partnership for this Year's Business Entrepreneurship Education Summer Academy


B-CU’s BEE Academy (Business Entrepreneurship Education) Academy culminated their summer enrichment program with its much anticipated Showcase.  The Showcase was an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of over 30 minority middle school students and nine high school students that used their critical thinking and problem solving skills in: Mathematics for Social Justice addressing issues as gentrification, electoral college, and police brutality; Hydroponics a soilless solution to address issues such as food deserts and child obesity; Introduction to coding on how it works and how to write it; and Entrepreneurial thinking - learning how entrepreneurship, economics and financial literacy are necessary tools and skills to success and solve real world problems.

A team of eight B-CU female students being trained in innovation, creative thinking entrepreneurship along with our teachers from the public schools empowered the youth and exposed them careers of the future. “This year we had our highest enrollment,” said Casandra Stroy, Director of the Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Center (CEED). “We increased by 200% from the previous years and we hope for larger numbers in the fall with substantive funding and additional partnerships,” she added.  Come and see what the students of Volusia County have done.  

For more information, contact Casandra R. Story, Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CEED), 386-481-2815 or

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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