A mobile classroom, fashioned inside a Delaware State University bus, is hitting the road in Sussex and Kent Counties, bringing business and agriculture-related education to Delaware residents.
The Mobil Entrepreneurial Program, or MET, was created by Delaware State University's Center for Enterprise Development and its College of Agriculture. The purpose of the bus is to provide residents in undeserved rural areas, with the opportunity to receive business training and learn new technology. The bus is outfitted with computers, WI-FI, desktops and seating.
MET will offer workshops on financing, business plan development and marketing, in addition to covering topics that address the needs of small farmers.
The program received nearly $250,000 in grants from the USDA and the Small Business Administration.
The bus has also been renovated with environmentally sustainable features, such as energy efficient workstations, LED lights and the bus is being converted to run on locally produced bio-diesel.