Academies and Institutes

ARC hosts several academies and institutes for students and adults in STEM education, entrepreneurship development, applied research, and community leadership. Through these experiential learning opportunities, participants build networks, hone skills, and cultivate an enduring commitment to Appalachia’s future.

Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative

The Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative (ACRI) is an applied research training program for Appalachian college students to work together to build on community assets to shape a positive future for the Region.

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Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) is an experiential learning program designed for high school students to build their skills in business planning, product development, idea modeling, and digital marketing.

Appalachian Leadership Institute

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive leadership and economic development training opportunity for Appalachians who are passionate about helping their communities thrive.

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Appalachian STEM Academy

The Appalachian STEM Academy is a residential, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia’s middle school and high school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields.