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Local leaders gathered at the Clinton Country Club Thursday morning to hear about a planned program to get youth in the high school in business.
 
The DeWitt County Development Council hosted Cheryl Mitchell (right) from the Midland Institute CEO Program. The program, Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, started in Effingham and is in 28 communities. Mitchell stresses it is a rural based program.
 
 
Mitchell explains there is an exodus of youth in rural America because of the lack of opportunity. She says the CEO program is doing things the right way to help our communities to continue to evolve.
 
 
According to Mitchell, the CEO program introduces youth to businesses and the opportunities in them. It also brings communities together.
 
 
To make the program work, the program calls upon the community to take on students and work with them. There will be a Board of nine to 11 people that would be a working board in what are all a part of what she calls 'stakeholders'.
 
 
Mitchell encouraged local leaders to visit classrooms and trade shows schools are hosting. 
 
She adds they create students who are learners, owners, they give them experiences, teach them communication skills and about networking. She says if the community does not start this process now, it could be 2019 before the program could be up and running, though the hope is to get it going for the 2018 school year.
 
If you're a business owner and would like to learn more about becoming involved, contact Clinton Schools Superintendent Curt Nettles for more details at 217-935-8321. 

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