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An opportunity to become an entreprenuer

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 2:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 2:25 p.m. CDT
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Princeton High School senior Derrick Wooden (from left), LaSalle-Peru High School teacher Martin Makransky, Optimist member Bob Byrne and Tracy Grimmer of Princeton's Midland States Bank are all participants in a program geared toward high school and junior high students which encourages entrepreneurial skills.

PRINCETON — A very interesting new concept in education for junior and senior high school students was presented to the Princeton Optimist Club.

No textbooks are used in this program offered to students of the Illinois Valley high schools. Selected successful business entrepreneurs of the area invite the students to their businesses where they detail the template they had for opening the business; the operating plans they use; their financial strategies; equipment requirements; and future goals.

The idea is to inform the high school students how to organize an entrepreneurship of their own upon completion of their schooling.

Originally this unorthodox method was experimented by officers of the Midland States Bank in Effingham. It has been a success in that area for several years.

Tracy Grimmer of the Princeton branch was invited to Effingham to learn how to possibly develop such a program for students in the Illinois Valley who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

Students from Princeton, Mendota, LaSalle-Peru, St. Bede Academy and Hall high schools attend the class at the LaSalle Area Career Center, which is directed by Martin Makransky, a faculty member at LaSalle-Peru High School. Princeton High School senior Derrick Wooden is a member of the class.

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