New High School Course: Warren County CEO
The City of Monmouth is thrilled to announce that the Warren County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) course will be available for Monmouth-Roseville High School and United High School juniors and seniors, beginning in fall 2017.
Applications are available now from high school guidance counselors and also on the website. The deadline is February 21, 2017.
“I traveled to Carthage to see the student business trade show that was the culmination of Hancock County’s first year of the program,” said Paul Schuytema, Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Monmouth. “It was amazing to meet the young business owners—high school students with smarts and poise who could shake your hand, look you in the eye, and explain their business models. That’s when I knew that we had to bring this program to Monmouth.”
The CEO program is much more than a textbook course. Students are immersed in real-life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes. They learn confidence-building skills like speaking in front of groups and targeted skills like writing successful business plans.
CEO is a business education program, teaching students how to think like business owners. The class meets off-campus in local businesses for 90 minutes each school day. Students dress in business casual attire every day and learn proper workplace behavior.
Each student receives a mentor from the business community. In the first semester, students create a class business. During the second semester, they have the opportunity to start their own business. The final event of the school year is a trade show, where they showcase their student businesses.
Students receive high school credit and dual credit with Carl Sandburg College.
“The kids who do this program have an advantage over everyone else in high school,” said Schuytema. “It is also good for Monmouth. This program gives students the skills we need here and shows them the opportunities that already exist in our area. If they decide to create their own business here, they’ll already have a terrific network of contacts.”
This program is available through a partnership with the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship. There is no cost to our schools or students for this program! All expenses are paid by businesses and foundations.
You can read more about this innovative program here.
Thank you to the founding sponsors:
· City of Monmouth
· Mellinger Foundation (in honor of former Trustee and Scholarship Committee member Mary Frances Miller)
· Midwest Bank
· Monmouth College
· MTC Communications
· Security Savings Bank
· Tharp Brothers Underground Utility Service