Four Union College Students Present at Regional Symposium

Published on
November 16, 2020
virtual presentations at ATP Conference
virtual presentations at ATP conference

On Saturday, four Union College students participated in the 20th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Symposium, a regional economic development conference sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

The Marketing and Preservation Campaign for COVID-19 impacted Artisans in Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties was the focus of the project led by students, Matthew Rose, Matthew Proffitt, Gregory Garrison and Cooper Collins. 

“Presenting our project virtually was something that we never thought we would have to do, but COVID-19 kept us from traveling to Washington, DC to present.” said Glenn Baker, instructor of the class. “We still presented in front of over 80 students, faculty and staff from 14 different colleges and universities and from the Appalachian Regional Commission and our students did a fantastic job.”

Since 2001, over 2,500 college and graduate students from across Appalachia have participated in the Appalachian Teaching Project. This is the third year a student delegation from Union College has participated in ATP. Many ATP alumnae have gone on to careers in public service, community development, and other related fields across the Region. Summaries of each research project are available at Through these experiential learning opportunities, participants build networks, hone skills, and cultivate an enduring commitment to Appalachia’s future.

“Students have had to face unprecedented obstacles this year, and I am pleased that so many have participated in this important program that focuses on benefitting the people of the Appalachian Region by designing innovative economic development projects,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “Union College is a key partner developing the next generation of Appalachian leaders.”

Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), students receive college credit for participating in ATP, and schools participating in ATP offer a directed seminar guiding students in developing and executing field-based research projects specific to the needs of their surrounding communities and in alignment with one of ARC’s strategic investment priorities.