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School is just around the corner and a local entrepreneurship program is opening up its programs for students to join.


The Central Illinois and Sangamon Valley CEO programs are readying for this upcoming year by both facilitators say they would like to see more students join the program. Lisa Shephard facilitates the Sangamon Valley program that has students from Monticello, Bement, Cerro Gordo, and Argenta-Oreana. She is encouraging anyone interested to swiftly inquire with their school principals in the next week or two.



Shephard's group is slightly smaller than Melanie Brown's group, which leads the Central Illinois CEO includes Clinton, Blue Ridge, Maroa-Forsyth, and Warrensburg-Latham. While she still has a strong number, she too is encouraging interested students to join.



Brown also encourages students who may have heard about the program but are not sure if it is the right fit, to consider at least applying and hearing more about it. She believes it is a program worth pursuing but if it isn't for them, at least they know instead of wondering 'what if' later.



Recruiting efforts for the program have been strained in the last year and a half thanks to COVID. Mirroring what the Central Illinois CEO Program is doing, Shephard indicates they are also offering a bring a junior to class day each month.



You can visit centralillinoisceo.com or sangamonvalleyceo.com for more information. Both facilitators say it is a good resource for parents or students to look into. 

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