Tech CEO Ankur Gopal discusses economic development with students at Craft Academy

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Students at the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics recently heard a presentation from a CEO of technology promoting economic development in Kentucky.

Ankur Gopal, CEO of mobile / web application development company Interapt, spoke to 54 students during his visit to MSU on Monday, November 29 in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) theater.

Gopal has founded skills training programs such as TechHire Eastern Kentucky (TEKY). In addition, he is a member of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and has won many other awards and achievements. He spoke to students about his career and how he decided to start a tech company in his home state of Kentucky.

“Instead of trying to climb the ranks of Silicon Valley, he saw the value of creating an apprenticeship program by taking unemployed Kentucky workers and training them in software development,” said Ryan Arney, coordinator of Craft Academy student activities and events. “The students were tough; they asked tough questions to get ideas and perspective on how they can use her experience for their own dreams. Ankur has done a wonderful job giving advice and explaining the importance of having mentors. ”

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual credit academy for academically outstanding students in Kentucky. Craft Academy provides students with a post-secondary residential experience to complete their college and high school years by enrolling in college courses. The aim of the Craft Academy is to meet the unique educational needs of gifted and talented high school students in the Commonwealth of Nations.

To learn more, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/craft-academy, email craftacademy@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-2093.