Union County CEO Program To Select Students, Continue Teacher/Facilitator Search


Union County CEO Program To Select Students, Continue Teacher/Facilitator Search

UNION COUNTY—The advisory board for the Union County CEO program will soon be one step closer to making the county-wide high school entrepreneurship program a reality.  This week, the student selection committee will begin evaluating student applications and choosing which students will fill the class for the next school year.

“The way this is done is interesting,” explained program spokesman and board member Rollie Hawk.  “A couple of people not on the student selection committee were responsible for what you might call anonymizing the applications.  With all identifying information removed, this helps to ensure that the selection process is unbiased.”

Hawk said the student selection committee is made up of board members not currently involved in high school education.

“The board felt that was the fairest way to do it.  Even with names removed, the educators know these kids well enough that they would recognize many of them so it’s those of us more from the business community that will be making the selections.  With students competing for limited slots in the program, we want to make the selection process as transparent as possible.”

The program has also extended its search for a teacher and facilitator.

“We’re trying to find just the right match for the program,” said Hawk.  “We’ve done a few interviews but we’re still looking.  The uniqueness of the position makes it tougher to find a match but we’ll know it when we see it.”

Hawk emphasized the importance of the facilitator aspect of the role.

“We call the position a teacher because it’s a class but this person is going to be facilitating collaboration between the business community and the students more than anything.  It’s a part-time position so someone with a small business or a college instructor who can run the class a couple hours in the morning while developing business contacts later in the day is probably ideal.  It’s going to take a unique person to fill this role but we’re convinced that person is out there.”

Requirements of the position are that the teacher/facilitator holds Illinois licensure for business, marketing or computer education or is qualified as a community college instructor.  Interested applicants should contact Jerry Ohlau at johlau@fivecountyrvs.com or (618)747-2703.

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