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Midland Executive Director Craig Lindvahl met Tuesday with area business owners and high school principals to discuss the CEO program at Lewis and Clark Community College.
GODFREY — Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship is a central Illinois-based company looking to help business owners train future CEOs in our community.
Area business owners and local high school principals met Tuesday at the Lewis and Clark Community College chapel to discuss the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program and the benefits it offers to high school students.
Regional schools are considering the benefits of adopting the program with the goal to help high school juniors and seniors get a first-hand grasp of the business world.
Funded solely and supported by local business owners, students will earn two high school credits while they utilize area businesses as classrooms to learn the skills of running a business. They will form a business, book it, contract it, and market and sell the product.
“The purpose is for students to learn they have opportunities right here in their own communities,” Midland Executive Director Craig Lindvahl said. “This program shows them how to create those opportunities right here and become the CEO of their own business while still in high school.”
The CEO program has seen students make anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000 a year.
Businesses who wish to invest or parents who are interested in more information can contact Monica Bristow at the Riverbend Growth Association at (618) 467-2280 or send an email to email@example.com.