Voice of The Southern: Thumbs up to Union County CEO

Thumbs up … We’re impressed by a new program aimed at developing young leaders in Union County. The program replaces classroom theory with hands-on entrepreneurial experiences that bring students, educators and business owners together to develop students and business interests in the community. Midland Institute’s CEO program will allow 20 students to visit local businesses and develop their own personal products and businesses that they will show off at a trade show. “Students will actually be developing true business plans,” Rollie Hawk, Union County chief information officer, said. The program, which is funded entirely by investors, aims to keep local talent in the area. CEO, which stands for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, has a track record of students developing successful businesses. The students will visit dozens of businesses and hear 50 to 60 guest speakers. Each  will also be paired with a business person in a mentor relationship.

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New County-Wide High School Business Program Continues Search For Teacher, Students

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New County-Wide High School Business Program Continues Search For Teacher, Students

UNION COUNTY—Having secured the funding to expand the Midland Institute’s CEO program into Union County and with its advisory board now established, the Union County CEO program is turning its attention toward finding a teacher and students for the 2014-2015 school year.

The CEO program—short for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities—was first implemented in Effingham County and seeks to take high school juniors and seniors out of the typical school environment for a couple hours a day and into one focused on solving real world problems with business-based solutions.

“We want to be clear that this isn’t a program necessarily looking for straight-A, college-bound students,” explained Public Relations Director Rollie Hawk.  “We’re sure we’ll have some of those students but as we’ve all seen in our lives, it’s not always the most academically focused students that succeed at starting businesses.”

“Sometimes it’s the stubborn person who refuses to fail.  Other times it’s the person with a very active and creative mind that loves to think.  The point is, there’s no single kind of person that succeeds in business,” added Hawk.  “There are all kinds of people with entrepreneurial potential and interests but we do little in education to foster that spirit.  The CEO program seeks to find the young people with that potential and to help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in business.”

The program is also searching for a teacher, an individual the advisory board expects will be at least as unique as the program’s students.

“It’s not a typical teaching position,” said Hawk.  “It’s a part-time position so it’s likely to attract someone who’s perhaps a retired teacher or maybe someone who is already working in the business community.  This person needs to certified as a teacher but also needs to be able to make business contacts so that students are constantly interacting with people from the business community.  So it’s going to be a unique individual that fills that role.”

The program is currently accepting teacher applications and is listed on the Illinois Education Job Bank website.  Interested applicants can contact Jerry Ohlau with the Five County Regional Vocational System through March 15.

Juniors and seniors of Dongola, Anna-Jonesboro, Cobden and Shawnee school districts can apply through their school guidance counselors.  Student applications will be accepted through April 1.

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KFVS: School business program continues search for teacher, students

UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) –After getting funding to expand the Midland Institute’s CEO program into Union County, the Union County CEO program is focusing on finding a teacher and students for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program was first implemented in Effingham County and seeks to take high school juniors and seniors out of the typical school environment for a couple hours a day and into one focused on solving real world problems with business-based solutions.

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