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(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) - Student growth in entrepreneurial business is the theme behind Lake Erie College's recent receipt of a $43,750 grant from the Fenn Educational Fund. The College will utilize the grant money over the 2006-2007 academic school year to fund a program called Interns and Mentors Assisting the Growth of Entrepreneurs in Lake County, or IMAGE LC. The program will provide Lake Erie College interns to the growing sector of entrepreneurial businesses, particularly Latino businesses, in the Lake County area.

"Because Lake Erie College places an emphasis on multicultural education including required foreign language courses, our students will be an asset to the growing entrepreneurial, and especially, Latino businesses, in Lake County," said Cynthia Panton Mills, Director of Career Services and Internships. "The program will be one of the offerings at the Career Services Office and will provide an increasing number of quality interns to entrepreneurs and selected businesses in northeast Ohio. This benefits not only the students and businesses, but the Northeast Ohio economy, particularly Lake County."

The College acknowledges the growth of entrepreneurship in the region and its impact on students, and is striving to come up with inventive ways to meet those needs. "We believe that by helping students secure internships with entrepreneurial companies in the region, we are helping them to have a unique experience that may have a long-standing impact on their future career choices and involvement in the northeast Ohio region," said Lake Erie College President, Michael Victor.

Through the collaborative efforts of the Lake County Entrepreneurs Club, Lake Erie College Alumni Association and the Career Services Office, the IMAGE LC program seeks to make Lake Erie College interns available to entrepreneurial businesses in Lake County. Interns will gain valuable experience while being mentored by professional alumni in a related career field. In addition, professional alumni and Lake Erie College faculty will provide their expertise not only to the interns, but also to the entrepreneurs who participate in this program.

For nearly 40 years, the Fenn Educational Fund has concentrated its resources on promoting and assisting cooperative education and internship programs at institutions of higher education in Greater Cleveland. Fenn is the sole funding source in the region devoted to cooperative education and internships. For more information on this and other grants through the Cleveland Foundation, visit

Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education offering 26 undergraduate majors and master's degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students. For more information, call the admissions office at 800/533-4996 or visit us on the web at


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