The steering committee for the proposed Christian County “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” or C-E-O program for high school seniors, met Friday afternoon to review efforts to begin the program in the county beginning in the fall of 2015.
Steering committee co-chair Dee Krueger told Regional Radio News that the initial 20-thousand dollars to enroll Christian County into the Effingham-based program, has been raised, and the next step is to raise the 60-thousand dollars it will take to run the program each year.
And Krueger emphasized that the program will be open to high school seniors from all Christian County high schools.
A meeting to ask county businesses and leaders to contribute toward the program, will be held next month, with a date, time, and location to be announced.
The proposed “C-E-O” program is a year-long course designed to utilize partnerships that provide an overview of business development and processes. Local businesses partner with area schools to create project-based experiences for students by providing funding, expertise, meeting space, business tours and one-on-one mentoring. Students will go thru an application process and be interviewed by a selection committee, before the first group will be picked.
The program's goal is to entice Christian County high school seniors to create businesses that can be operated from Christian County, thus keeping the graduates as businesspeople in the county in the future.