MCHS Announces Creation of “Hornet Enterprises”
EDMONTON, Ky. (January 3, 2020) – The year 2020 will ring in at Metcalfe County High School with yet another opportunity for students and service for the community. During the month of January, MCHS will launch “Hornet Enterprises,” which will allow students hands-on experience in operation, management, and marketing of fully operational businesses to serve residents of the area. Much like the student-operated Old School Café’, Hornet Enterprises will look to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities that can only be built by truly living out the scenarios that are being studied.
Principal Clint Graham explained the thought that went into the process. “We have wanted to bring back a business department for some time,” Graham said. “Part of the discussion has been how can we do it without it being just a pure classroom setting? With the success we have seen with the work-ready program and with the students at the Old School Café’, our thoughts began to focus on how we could expand our student-run operations.” Graham continued, “As we were having these conversations, we learned that Main Street Apparel might be looking for a buyer for its entire operation. After coordinating a purchase agreement with the district office and completing negotiations with the Main Street owners, MCHS now has a fully functioning t-shirt print and apparel business. We will bring our sign making back into operation as well as using students in the marketing of the new wellness center and the café’.”
When it became apparent these plans would come to fruition in mid-December, a position was posted for a business and marketing coordinator. “I was impressed by the quality of applicants we had, but as with any opening, we can only hire one,” Graham said. “That one ended up being Tammy Tarter. Tammy has a wealth of marketing experience from her years in radio and has a number of collegiate hours in the business field.”
Work-ready and dual credit liaison Geneva Scroggy echoed the excitement around the project. “We are fortunate to have so many students who want to work,” Scroggy said. “In the case of Hornet Enterprises, they will not only get to work in an industry, but they will have the opportunity to operate and market the business as well.”
Graham said plans are for the t-shirt and sign making to be functional by the end of the month. “As with any endeavor, there will be a number of startup logistics to work through, but our plans are to take orders and produce quality shirt designs and signs for not only our community but surrounding areas as well,” Graham said.
All proceeds from the project will be treated just as other initiatives such as the Old School’ Café’, with all funds going directly back into the accounts that are used for the respective operations of each entity. “We are all about options and opportunities for students and making our community a better place to live. Hornet Enterprises will be a part of this commitment to our mission,” Graham said.