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A local organization is pledging its support for a program aimed at creating an innovative business experience for local high school students.
The DeWitt County Development Council recently presented a check to Central Illinois CEO, helping the program toward its goal of 25-thousand dollars.
In a release, David Torbert, DCDC board president said their organization believes the CEO program will be a great benefit to local students and to our local business community. 
Through Midland Institute’s CEO program, high school seniors are introduced to the entrepreneurial experience.  Students learn through special projects, regular site visits to area businesses, mentorships, and an intense focus on thriving in a business-like environment.  The students even create individual and group businesses and coordinate all aspects of a year-end trade show to finish out the year-long program. 
Central Illinois CEO brings together students from Clinton High School, Blue Ridge High School, Maroa-Forsyth High School, and Warrensburg-Latham High School. The first class will begin in Fall 2019.
Central IL CEO was formed in 2017. Funding comes from local businesses who become partners with CICEO for $1,000 a year for three years.  Businesses who wish to participate will become mentors, host site visits, and are guest speakers for the class throughout the year. Supporters of the program can also make donations without being directly involved.

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