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Luna students can learn business skills (and earn cash) through free seminars

Luna Community College students can earn $10-per-hour stipends – and gain valuable insights on creating, building and growing their own businesses – through an innovative new partnership this semester.

Students who enroll in and complete a Small Business Development Center business development seminar/workshop will be eligible to receive the stipends, which are funded through a grant. More importantly, the workshops provide education and training that will help budding entrepreneurs and others interested in potential business opportunities.

“This is a win-win for students at LCC,” said Francisco Apodaca, director of Luna’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department. “They can make some cash while earning a Certificate of Completion that can be used on their resumé when applying for a job or use the knowledge they gain to possibly start a small business venture. These classes can possibly give the students an advantage over others when applying for a job.”

Seminars will be fully online and will range from one to four hours each, with topics like “how to start a small business” and “small business bookkeeping.” Each class session is self-contained.

Any Luna student is eligible to participate. Those who register for the seminars and complete them will receive a Certificate of Completion. Those who can provide a copy of the certificate will be eligible to receive the stipend, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program is being coordinated through Luna’s STEM and Business departments in conjunction with the college’s Small Business Development Center and the state SBDC. It is part of a grant funded through the Regional Development Corporation, supported by Triad and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

· For more information on enrollment in the non-credit seminars, please contact STEM Director Francisco Apodaca,