Lincoln College, Land of Lincoln CEO
Program announce partnership
Logan County students will learn how to become
entrepreneurs and succeed here
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[September 23, 2014]
LINCOLN - Lincoln College is proud to
announce its new partnership with the Land of Lincoln CEO program,
where organizers hope to put Logan County students on a path to
become successful entrepreneurs here locally.
The Land of Lincoln CEO program is modeled after successful
offerings in Effingham and Springfield, where local businesses
sponsor a fully interactive, year-long series of classes for local
high school students to learn what it takes to run a successful
business – by starting up their own from scratch and taking it to
the local marketplace.
Students from high schools around Logan County next year will come
together every weekday morning to learn from an experienced
instructor, make workplace visits around the county and develop new
businesses of their own. The Lincoln and Logan County Chamber of
Commerce is working with Lincoln Community High School and local
successful entrepreneur Patrick Doolin to get the program going,
with support from the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Lincoln College is one of the first sponsors for the program
committing resources over the next three years to help it get off
the ground. The college sees many parallels to the kind of
experience LC offers, helping students find the right path forward
for them and challenging them to not just think, but to do. College
officials are working with CEO organizers on a number of ways to
engage the students, beyond the financial support.
“When Patrick first approached us about supporting the Land of
Lincoln CEO program, it didn’t take us long to say yes,” said John
Blackburn, Lincoln College’s president. “There are so many kids
around here who don’t realize all of the great things our county
employers offer. We will do whatever is possible to help these
students succeed in this innovative program, and we look forward to
showing them what Lincoln College can offer once they graduate.”
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Doolin said organizers appreciate the earnest support from
sponsors like Lincoln College and looks forward to seeing the
impact the program has on changing students’ lives, as it has in
the other communities where it is active now.
Doolin notes the CEO program still needs sponsors from local
businesses, as it builds its governing board, hires an
instructor and recruits its inaugural class by the spring.
“So many of these students don’t know what they’re capable of
doing when they have the right focus and the right opportunity.
And too often in Logan County, they graduate and leave the area
without realizing all of the great opportunities they have to
succeed in college and beyond right here,” Doolin said. “I’m
excited to help bring the CEO program here to change minds and
show that when good partners like Lincoln College and our local
businesses work together to help our next generation, everyone
[Text received; RYAN KEITH, RK PR