“Preparing today’s Daviess County students for Daviess County’s future”

“Preparing today’s Daviess County students for Daviess County’s future”  

CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class will start in Daviess County in the fall of 2013. This remarkable class, which is funded and driven by community minded individuals and businesses, will be offered to high school juniors and seniors in Daviess County.

Entrepreneurship education is not about teaching someone to run a business. It is about preparing them to think analytically, respond to dynamic situations and be accountable for their actions. With these skills students will be able to respond to situations they find themselves in the future in a positive manor. The CEO program is a business immersion course. Students are immersed in real life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes.

The CEO class covers the basics of conceptualizing, starting and running a small business. Concepts such as supply and demand, cost/benefit analysis, competitive advantage, and opportunity recognition are covered. In addition, coursework includes:  innovative thinking strategies, product development, business structure, marketing, financial strategies, record keeping, and preparing an income statement, balance sheet, income and cash flow statements.

Effingham CEO student at the trade show with his products
  • Is funded by investors
  • Is open to high school juniors and seniors
  • Selects students through a rigorous application process
  • Meets for 90 minutes each day
  • Provides 2 high school credits
  • Utilizes area businesses as classrooms
  • Visits dozens of businesses each year
  • Hosts 50-60 guest speakers each year
  • Emphasizes 21st century learning skills
  • Provides each student the opportunity to start their own business
  • Provides a mentor from the business community for each CEO student
  • Hosts an annual trade show to showcase student businesses

How you can help:

  • Funding: The program is fully funded by sources outside the school system. Funding will be provided by businesses, individuals and non-profits.
  • Volunteering: Are you a local business owner? Open your business and share your experience with our young people through CEO

If you would like to contribute, volunteer or have questions please contact the Daviess County Economic Development Foundation at 812.254.1500, office@dcedc.net, 219 E. Main. St Washington, IN 47501

To see another CEO program that is thriving please visit:www.effinghamceo.com… I promise you will be inspired!

CEO — “It taught us about life”

Please take a moment to watch this video. It is inspiring to see how these students grew and prospered over the year in the CEO class.

Washington High School Class of 1961 Continues to Invest in the WHS Athletic Program

Washington High School Class of 1961 Continues to

Invest in the WHS Athletic Program

Pat Thompson and Bob Arthur graduated from WHS in 1961 and 50 years later they still have a passion for their alma mater.  When their reunion was held recently, the class felt it appropriate to add to the endowment fund named for their deceased classmate, The Bob Miles and Family Fund, a fund of the Daviess County Community Foundation.

This designated fund was created in 2000, in memory of Bob Miles, with an initial gift of $5,000 and has grown to a value of over $13,000.  This newest gift will increase the fund value to over $14,000.  Annual income from the fund benefits the Washington Community School Athletic Department.

Mrs. Thompson stated, “The Class of 1961 is proud to be able to contribute to the Bob Miles and Family Fund.  We felt fortunate to celebrate our 50th Reunion and reminisce about our high school years.  We are pleased to know this contribution will help others at WHS and encourage other classes to contribute to the Daviess Community Foundation.”

The WHS Class of 1961 encourages all graduates of Washington High School to remember to support the extracurricular programs in the school system by making a gift to one of the many endowed funds that benefit those programs.  Gifts can be made through estate planning by bequest or gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, securities and real property.  For assistance with a gift or to have your questions answered, please call your local financial advisor or the Daviess County Community Foundation at 812-254-9354.


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