Monday, July 1, 2013

New class aims to develop entrepreneurship

Nineteen area high school seniors have been selected to take part in an innovative new course designed to introduce entrepreneurship to teenagers.

The first class of the Sangamon County CEO program was announced Wednesday. Among the class are seniors from all three Springfield public high schools and Sacred Heart-Griffin, Auburn, Rochester and Tri-City high schools.

The program, which began in Effingham County, was brought to Sangamon County “by local business and community leaders unsatisfied with traditional educational and economic development approaches and outcomes,” according to information about the program.

Program chair Bruce Sommer, business owner and business management professor at the University of Illinois Springfield, said the rigorous curriculum will be unlike any high school-, or even many college-level, courses."

The program was featured by The State Journal-Register on July 1, 2013.

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