OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s new MIMIC lab has served as one of the nontraditional classrooms for the Area Career Center’s Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) class.
Marty Makransky, CEO instructor, says the mission of the class is to teach students to “think critically, problem solve and learn to communicate effectively as they learn to be an entrepreneur.”
The CEO class has met at other local businesses such as LKCS and the NewsTribune and toured Maze Nails, the Illinois Valley Regional Airport, Black Brothers, Black Lab and Fairmount Minerals, where the students got to see how businesses were run firsthand.
At IVCC, Makransky said, the students “get to experience a college atmosphere close to home and have a sense of comfort if they decide to attend IVCC in the future.”
Austin Berberich, a CEO student from Henry High School, recommends the program to all high school students, especially if they are interested in a career in business or if they don’t know what field they want to go into.
This is Makransky’s third year teaching the CEO class and IVCC’s second year hosting it on its Oglesby campus.
IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said, “I’m delighted the CEO program is housed on the IVCC campus this semester — especially the first year of our new Peter Miller Community Technology Center. It underscores the college’s commitment to offering new and exciting programs of tremendous value to the community.
“CEO students get a head-start on their classmates in terms of considering what career opportunities await them while also building an important network of support with leaders in the community who will be there for them if they decide to launch their own business enterprise.”