The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the facilitator of the Christian County C-E-O, or “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” program, along with 5 students in the class, during their Tuesday luncheon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Facilitator Dick Adams told the Kiwanis Club that the C-E-O program, that teaches business skills to high school seniors outside of a typical class setting, is in its 3rd year, paid for entirely by private donations from businesses and non-profit organizations.
15 students from all over Christian County, are enrolled this year, with 12 of them attending Tuesday's Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting. 5 of the 12 each gave short remarks to the club.
Taylorville senior J. T. Boehme told Kiwanis members that the class was far beyond what he expected, in teaching him business skills.
James Harris, a senior at South Fork High School, told the Kiwanis Club that he's already learned a lot from the other students in their first money-making venture, a Powder Puff football game.
Reese Bergschneider, a senior at Taylorville High School, told Kiwanis members that the C-E-O program has helped him overcome the fear of public speaking.
Taylorville senior Jessica Parsons told the Kiwanis Club the C-E-O program has given her real world experience, and has offered lots of networking opportunities.
And, Taylorville senior Riley Matheny said the C-E-O class has taught him the importance of best practices for a business.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.