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Ratliff receives Appalachian Teaching Project grant to develop new entrepreneurship course

Dr. Janet Ratliff PictureElmer and Donna Smith Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Management/Entrepreneurship at Morehead State University Dr. Janet Ratliff (Class of 1991, 1992) is a recipient of one of the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) grants.   

The grant is a partnership with Hazard High School. Ratliff’s 2021 fall course BBA 350 will facilitate the engagement between MSU students and Hazard High students.    

This three-credit hour business plan development course allows college students to work with high school students who want to start their own business. It serves as a how-to guide to creating a business plan and will enable students to assess needed industries within their community, garner resources to develop and grow their potential business and establish rapport as a business leader within the community at large.  

"I am very excited that Morehead State University was selected as one of the 17 institutions for the Appalachian Teaching Project," Ratliff said. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity for MSU's School of Business students to work with Hazard High School students to share entrepreneurial education experiences that can make a difference today and can continue to make a difference tomorrow by continuing to invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen not only a local economy but Appalachia's economy as a whole."  

The course is a Level UP course offered through MSU's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which focuses on high impact practices, hands-on learning and career skill development. To learn more about Level UP at MSU, visit  

For more information on courses in MSU's Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology, visit, email or call 606-783-2174.