DEWITT COUNTY COUNCIL DONATES HALF OF CEO PROGRAM STARTUP FUNDS

 

CLINTON, Ill. – DeWitt County Development Council presented a check May 10 to Central Illinois CEO, helping the program toward its goal of $25,000 to begin the early stages of creating an innovative business experience for local high school students. 

“From the first presentation I heard back in 2016, I knew the CEO program would be a great benefit to the students and to our local business community,” David Torbert, DCDC board president, said. “Our organization is the perfect fit to marry the two together. Our local business leaders will be fantastic resources from which to learn, and will show these students that they can, in fact, make great careers right here at home.”

Through Midland Institute’s CEO program, high school seniors are introduced to the entrepreneurial experience.  Students learn through special projects, regular site visits to area businesses, mentorships, and an intense focus on thriving in a business-like environment.  The students even create individual and group businesses and coordinate all aspects of a year-end trade show to finish out the year-long program.

Central Illinois CEO brings together students from Clinton High School, Blue Ridge High School, Maroa-Forsyth High School, and Warrensburg-Latham High School. The first class will begin in Fall 2019.

Central IL CEO was formed in 2017. Funding comes from local businesses who become partners with CICEO for $1,000 a year for three years.  Businesses who wish to participate will become mentors, host site visits, and are guest speakers for the class throughout the year. Supporters of the program can also make donations without being directly involved.

DeWitt County Development Council actively engages current and potential businesses to market DeWitt County.  DCDC helps to attract commerce, foster job growth, promotes ideas for local business expansion, and workforce development.  The organization provides direction for new and existing businesses or commerce seeking resources to enhance business operations.  our paragraph here.