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York College’s Graham Innovation Scholars to open student-run business at Central Market

January 19, 2017
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YORK, Pa. -- York College is opening its first downtown retail location in Central Market. “Spartan Central,” a student-run stand developed and executed by Graham Innovation Scholars, will feature spirit items such as apparel, mugs, and a small assortment of college-themed goods.

Following a soft opening during Market hours on Feb. 2 (6 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Spartan Central at Central Market will hold its Grand Opening on First Friday, Feb. 3, with a 
4 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event is open to the public free of charge.

The Spartan Central stand is the third York College presence in downtown York City, along with Marketview Arts across from Central Market and the newly renovated Center for Community Engagement Building at 59 East Market.

The Graham Innovation Scholars are a select, interdisciplinary group of York College students supported by a generous gift and guidance from successful York entrepreneur Don Graham. (Watch the Graham Innovation Scholars video). The Graham Innovation Scholars are comprised of students from 20 majors, providing a rich and diverse team. These students are enriching their college education by learning — and practicing —innovation skills and applying entrepreneurial thinking to a wide variety of majors and career goals. 

While freshmen, these students spent their first months at York College researching, through Design Thinking, the interactions between merchants and shoppers at Central Market. They are now committed to being part of Central Market’s vibrant shops. 

“The difference in what the Graham Innovation Scholars are doing, and what the average college student does, is in the follow-through,” said Graham Innovation Scholars founding director Dominic DelliCarpini. “This group, and York College generally, is committed to moving students from learning to doing, from concept to making, from college to leadership within successful careers. In that, we are all learning from Mr. Graham’s own extraordinary life and work.”

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