WIU College of Business and Technology partners with McDonough County

WIU College of Business and Technology partners with McDonough County

October 19, 2022

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Macomb/Moline, IL – Western Illinois University’s College of Business and Technology is partnering with the McDonough County Creation of Entrepreneurial Opportunity (CEO) program to bring Midland College program developer Ryan Follis to campus, Tuesday, October 10 . 25.

“The McDonough County CEO and WIU have a strong relationship,” said Michelle Howe, WIU Business Communications Instructor and McDonough County CEO Board Member. “Many WIU faculty serve as moderators, mentors, and board members of the CEO Program. We are delighted to host these students and demonstrate Leatherneck’s hospitality.”

In addition to the McDonough County CEO group, Hancock County CEO and Brown/Schuyler CEO students will also be in attendance. 50 high school students from the region will be on campus for the event.

“The CEO is the standard for entrepreneurship education. Students meet at the host business, not in the classroom,” Follis said. “The CEO experience includes over 40 speakers and 40 business visits, as well as their first professional mentoring relationship.”

The CEO Program is a one-year program for high school students that teaches them entrepreneurial ideas, partnering with area businesses, and providing entrepreneurial opportunities.

“Students also lead the development and implementation of shared businesses and their own personal businesses, which are launched at annual trade shows. CEO students are often sought after by universities and employers who note their role as learners, owners, creators Professional development, communicators and connectors,” Follis said.

For more information on the CEO Program, visit midlandinstitute.com. For more information about the College of Business and Technology, visit wiu.edu/cbt.

Posted by: Lexi Yoggerst (AJ-Yoggerst@wiu.edu)
Office of University Communications and Marketing

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