The Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Each year, about two dozen people enroll in the academy to learn how to successfully launch and run a business. This year, 12 people graduated.
Corley Phillips is a director with the academy. He says it used to cater almost exclusively to college students - when this type of instruction was scarce. Local schools now offer it and the academy's population is more diverse.
"More and more we are reaching out to people that have graduated from college, they're maybe are on their second career, we've had people retire out of the military -that want to go on to their next career or are transitioning for some reason," he says. "And the good news about that is we're getting more and more people that are committed to this area."
Phillips says tuition for the academy is $2,500, but students pay $500.
Donations from the community and from alumni pay the remainder of the cost.