Over 60 Haywood Community College faculty members participated in a Rural Entrepreneurship through Actual Learning (REAL) Professional Development Training Day recently. The exercise illustrated ways to bring creativity, sustainability, and entrepreneurship into the classroom. These principles were incorporated into several hands-on exercises facilitated by representatives from North Carolina REAL Enterprises.

The first activity was titled Trash to Treasure where participants were charged with taking old computer parts and making a new product out of them. The innovative ideas ranged from an attitude adjuster to some really neat jewelry.

Another activity had the groups create a business plan, business card, commercial, floor plan, and finance arrangements for a new business. Some examples of the creations include Haywood Brewery & Taproom, Chef’s Garden, Eco Carts, Healthy Haywood Wellness Center, and the One Stop Pet Shop & Drop.