What Is CEO - Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship

The CEO Program is funded by local business investors strengthens your local community provides 2 high school credits utilizes area businesses as classrooms emphasizes 21st century Learning skills




  

CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) is based on the successful program in Effingham, Illinois.  The CEO program:

  • Is funded by business investors
  • Is open to high school juniors and seniors
  • Selects students through a rigorous application process
  • Serves students from public and private high schools
  • Meets for 90 minutes each day
  • Provides 2 high school credits
  • Utilizes area businesses as classrooms
  • Visits dozens of area businesses each year
  • Hosts 50-60 guest speakers each year
  • Emphasizes 21st century Learning skills
  • Provides the opportunity for each student to start their own business
  • Provides a mentor from the business community for each CEO student
  • Hosts an annual trade show to showcase student businesses


What is CEO explained by Craig Lindvahl

Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities is a year-long course designed to utilize partnerships that provide an overview of business development and processes.

Our local business community partners with area schools to create project-based experiences for students by providing funding, expertise, meeting space, business tours, and one-on-one mentoring. Students visit area businesses, learn from guest speakers, participate in a class business, write business plans, and start and operate their own businesses. Business concepts learned through the experiential CEO class are critical; the 21st century skills of problem-solving, teamwork, self-motivation, responsibility, higher-order thinking, communication, and inquiry are at the heart of a student’s development throughout the course.

Craig Lindvahl explains the CEO program in depth.

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