Students learn to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit

| June 18, 2018

Eric Fitch, center, was introduced to projects students worked on in COTC’s Embrace Your Selfie workshop. He is pictured with COTC Professor Kim Goudy who taught the course and was assisted by Angie Emler, a student employee. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Eric Fitch helped the students involved in a summer workshop at COTC see that their dreams could indeed come true.

The former student of Professor Kim Goudy stopped by the COTC Coshocton Campus on June 14 to talk to the students enrolled in her summer workshop called Embrace Your Selfie. The goal of the program was to teach students to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit.

During his presentation, Fitch explained to the students how he turned his interest in detailing vehicles into a business called Fitchin Automotive Detailing.

“I love what I do,” he said.

While he still works fulltime at another job, by owning his own business Fitch is able to be his own boss and work from home with his second job.

“I also can be flexible with my hours,” he said.

After his presentation, the students, which ranged in age from 9-16, shared with Fitch the businesses they created and their town called Aspireville. The slogan for their town was, “The land where dreams come true.”

Prior to working on their own companies they took a tour through Roscoe Village and chatted with small business owners about what it takes to run a successful business.

“One common theme we kept hearing was that you have to love working with people,” Goudy said.

The students also used sidewalk chalk to create logos for their businesses and discussed marketing them.

Embrace Your Selfie was part of COTC’s College Aspire program, which is designed to demonstrate to both students and their families that college is accessible in their community and possible regardless of their circumstances.

Fitch hoped that Goudy’s students learned one main message from his presentation.

“Nothing is impossible,” he said.

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