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January–April 2001 Issue

Appalachian Scene: It's All About People
by Lynda McDaniel

Denise Schlegel, executive director of VISION

Denise Schlegel sometimes compares herself to a juggler, but even P.T. Barnum's finest couldn't keep 20, 30, even 50 balls in the air at once. That's what it takes to rekindle a community, and as executive director of Schuylkill County's VISION, Schlegel is constantly in motion, guiding county leaders toward common goals.


Colleges and Communities: Increasing Local Capacity
by Fred D Baldwin

Photo of Jackie Cornett, owner of Fields Feed

Community colleges in Appalachia are taking a leadership role in helping boost local economies and expand educational opportunities through the national Rural Community College Initiative.


Law and Community Service: The Appalachian School of Law
by Lynda McDaniel

Photo of Appalachian School of Law building

A deep commitment to community service and leadership has shaped the mission of southwest Virginia's new Appalachian School of Law.


Learning to Work Smarter
by Fred D. Baldwin

Photo of welding student Katie Mattison

Partnering with area industry, the Alfred State College of Technology in New York's Southern Tier is training future workers for high-skill manufacturing jobs.


Providing a Home for Start-Ups
by Carl Hoffman

Photo of Jerry Davis, executive director of SEC

At Alabama's Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, business counseling and support give small first a strong start and a greater chance of long-term success.


Work Begins at School
by James E. Casto

Photo of students in building trades construction

Real-world work experience for students is the goals of the School-to-Work program at West Virginia's Clay County High School.

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