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East and West CEO class met at Emerald Hill Golf Course on Thursday learning more about the industry from Sterling Park District Executive Director, Larry Schuldt. His portion of the ...
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East and West CEO class met at Emerald Hill Golf Course on Thursday learning more about the industry from Sterling Park District Executive Director, Larry Schuldt. His portion of the ...

We are so honored to be a part of the United Way of Whiteside County's Breakfast Before Business on Friday morning. We enjoyed networking with area professionals and sharing the stage ...
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We are so honored to be a part of the United Way of Whiteside County's Breakfast Before Business on Friday morning. We enjoyed networking with area professionals and sharing the stage ...

Who wants better work-life balance? And less stress? CEO students met with Bethany Bland, Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce President/CEO who explained the value of understanding and ...
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Who wants better work-life balance? And less stress? CEO students met with Bethany Bland, Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce President/CEO who explained the value of understanding and ...

Becca Wilson, owner of Pine Creek Escape and CEO mentor, spent the morning with the East class going over her entrepreneurial journey from working at White Pines as an adolescent to ...
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Becca Wilson, owner of Pine Creek Escape and CEO mentor, spent the morning with the East class going over her entrepreneurial journey from working at White Pines as an adolescent to ...

East and West students joined forces on Monday, while a few of their peers spent time at Amboy High School's Career Fair. A rotation activity answering both fun and serious questions ...
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East and West students joined forces on Monday, while a few of their peers spent time at Amboy High School's Career Fair. A rotation activity answering both fun and serious questions ...

Sean, Sydney, and Jacksen are at the Amboy High School career fair to talk about the CEO Program. Outreach and word of mouth are huge components of marketing, and they’re doing a ...
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Sean, Sydney, and Jacksen are at the Amboy High School career fair to talk about the CEO Program. Outreach and word of mouth are huge components of marketing, and they’re doing a ...

Patrick McBride, owner of The McBride Agency in Dixon, came this morning to discuss a little bit about insurance and a lot about life lessons and happiness. He stressed about the ...
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Patrick McBride, owner of The McBride Agency in Dixon, came this morning to discuss a little bit about insurance and a lot about life lessons and happiness. He stressed about the ...

Andy McFarlane, CEO of Dixon’s YMCA, gave us a tour of the facility and discussed both the history and the future of the Y. They are celebrating their 50th year of being in Dixon and ...
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Andy McFarlane, CEO of Dixon’s YMCA, gave us a tour of the facility and discussed both the history and the future of the Y. They are celebrating their 50th year of being in Dixon and ...

Friday found CEO students learning about Youth Assets with Kris Noble. They warmed up with a fun and challenging communication activity. (Check out those photos!) More challenges came ...
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Friday found CEO students learning about Youth Assets with Kris Noble. They warmed up with a fun and challenging communication activity. (Check out those photos!) More challenges came ...

CEO students were treated to a breakfast by the Rock River Marketing group on Thursday and learned about this networking and referral organization. Students also practiced their ...
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CEO students were treated to a breakfast by the Rock River Marketing group on Thursday and learned about this networking and referral organization. Students also practiced their ...

In CEO class we have talked about the creative traits of entrepreneurs. They are “noticers”, they pay attention to what’s going on around them, they take opportunities, they are ...
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In CEO class we have talked about the creative traits of entrepreneurs. They are “noticers”, they pay attention to what’s going on around them, they take opportunities, they are ...

All eyes and ears were on DeAnne White, VP/Chief Administrative Officer of Sinnissippi Centers, as she defined mental health and behavioral health and the number of people needing ...
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All eyes and ears were on DeAnne White, VP/Chief Administrative Officer of Sinnissippi Centers, as she defined mental health and behavioral health and the number of people needing ...

Woodlawn Arts Academy is a Sauk Valley educational institution focusing on visual arts, music, dance, theater, and culinary arts through classes and workshops.  Visiting with Executive ...
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Woodlawn Arts Academy is a Sauk Valley educational institution focusing on visual arts, music, dance, theater, and culinary arts through classes and workshops. Visiting with Executive ...

What does a chamber do? This is a question CEO students explored on Friday with Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Kris Noble and SVACC Board Members, Pam Fluck ...
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What does a chamber do? This is a question CEO students explored on Friday with Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Kris Noble and SVACC Board Members, Pam Fluck ...

CEO students admitted that they have driven past Astec Industries, a global business, many times not noticing the company and what they do! Various Astec locations in the U.S. and ...
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CEO students admitted that they have driven past Astec Industries, a global business, many times not noticing the company and what they do! Various Astec locations in the U.S. and ...

Monday with Margo is back in full swing! East students have worked on first impressions, how to spark a conversation that flows, and this week filled out the 40 developmental assets. ...
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Monday with Margo is back in full swing! East students have worked on first impressions, how to spark a conversation that flows, and this week filled out the 40 developmental assets. ...

Are you listening to respond, or are you listening to understand?  Such a great question to consider when communicating with someone. Mary Oros, Dixon City Councilman discussed why ...
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Are you listening to respond, or are you listening to understand? Such a great question to consider when communicating with someone. Mary Oros, Dixon City Councilman discussed why ...

Each year students are asked to organize a day for professional pictures, group and individual. Thank you, Peytan, for having your Mom and Dad visit class and help with the task.  Look ...
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Each year students are asked to organize a day for professional pictures, group and individual. Thank you, Peytan, for having your Mom and Dad visit class and help with the task. Look ...

Happening NOW at Taste of Fiesta, RB & W, Rock Falls. CEO micro business, selling our freshly made salsa until gone!
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Happening NOW at Taste of Fiesta, RB & W, Rock Falls. CEO micro business, selling our freshly made salsa until gone!

We learned about the Kitchen Incubator and proper safety and sanitation just in time to prepare our garden-fresh salsa for The Taste of Fiesta!
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We learned about the Kitchen Incubator and proper safety and sanitation just in time to prepare our garden-fresh salsa for The Taste of Fiesta!

Look for West WACC CEO students at The Taste of Fiesta with homemade salsa until we run out! Students are working to improve their cash flow and came up with the idea to use their ...
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Look for West WACC CEO students at The Taste of Fiesta with homemade salsa until we run out! Students are working to improve their cash flow and came up with the idea to use their ...

As we commemorate the 10-year anniversary of WACC CEO, we are spot-lighting former students to share their current vocation, life lessons, and how to leverage their CEO experience. ...
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As we commemorate the 10-year anniversary of WACC CEO, we are spot-lighting former students to share their current vocation, life lessons, and how to leverage their CEO experience. ...

Karla Belzer with the University of Illinois Extension came in to speak about journeys and opportunities. From babysitting and directing traffic at the IL State Fair as a young ...
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Karla Belzer with the University of Illinois Extension came in to speak about journeys and opportunities. From babysitting and directing traffic at the IL State Fair as a young ...

Sterling Main Street Executive Director Janna Groharing gave CEO students a thorough overview of the efforts put into creating a vibrant downtown. Students began and ended class at the ...
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Sterling Main Street Executive Director Janna Groharing gave CEO students a thorough overview of the efforts put into creating a vibrant downtown. Students began and ended class at the ...

Well, would you look at that????? WACC CEO is among the four programs that started following the success of the Effingham CEO Program and the branching out of MIE. Visit ...
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Well, would you look at that????? WACC CEO is among the four programs that started following the success of the Effingham CEO Program and the branching out of MIE. Visit ...

Wednesday's CEO business visit was to the Greater Sterling Development Corporation where students met with Heather Sotelo, GSDC Executive Director, and Krista Morthland, Kitchen ...
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Wednesday's CEO business visit was to the Greater Sterling Development Corporation where students met with Heather Sotelo, GSDC Executive Director, and Krista Morthland, Kitchen ...

“Dream it, believe it, and make it happen” - Seth Nicklaus, Recreation Director at Dixon Park District.   Seth, along with Executive Director Duane Long, guided the students through ...
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“Dream it, believe it, and make it happen” - Seth Nicklaus, Recreation Director at Dixon Park District. Seth, along with Executive Director Duane Long, guided the students through ...

DeAnne White, VP/Chief Administrative Officer of Sinnissippi Centers, spoke to students about the history of Sinnissippi, it’s several expansions, and services they provide to the Sauk ...
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DeAnne White, VP/Chief Administrative Officer of Sinnissippi Centers, spoke to students about the history of Sinnissippi, it’s several expansions, and services they provide to the Sauk ...

A huge thank you to Sweet Butts Cotton Candy for the delicious Cherry Cheesecake cotton candy this morning! I forgot to get a photo of it while the students were working on Dixon's ...
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A huge thank you to Sweet Butts Cotton Candy for the delicious Cherry Cheesecake cotton candy this morning! I forgot to get a photo of it while the students were working on Dixon's ...

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