Week in Review 11/27 - 12/1

Monday the kids were busy with final preparations for the Investor Appreciation breakfast. 

The event took place on Tuesday and was a great success. As a matter of fact we were having so much fun we forgot to take pictures!!! The kids rented Olympian Hall and purchased food from Rex's and the Colorado Bagel Company. We had an excellent turn out and the kids were able to make some important new connections.

Wednesday, Ed MacArthur came by to help the kids work on personal finances.

Thursday we were joined by Austin Brooks from the Midland Institute. Austin offered some great advice to the kids in many realms of their lives in and out of class. Austin mentioned that he saw an article in the Greeley Tribune that qouted one of our students, Isiah DeJesus talking about the CEO program . A portion of the article is included in this weeks "Journal Entry of the Week! 

Friday is an in-class work day. The kids will continue preparations for their class business: WZ GOT TALENT!!!

CEO Guest Speakers


Personal Finances

Ed MacArthur
Board Chair, Ed MacArthur came in and helped the kids better understand the importance of personal finances budgeting. Each student now has an individualized Google Doc version of a working personal budget template that they can utilize for the rest of the year and beyond.

CEO Opportunities

Austin Brooks
Austin Brooks from the Midland Institute joined the class on Thursday. He shared his story, his passions and was great about giving the kids perspective about their CEO journies, CEO challenges, and their lives beyond CEO. He spent a good portion of his time getting to know the students, which they very much appreciated. 

Student Journal Highlights for this week

These words are from an article in the Greely Tribune, qouting 2018 Rout County CEO student Isaiah DeJesus:

"In northwestern Colorado, some students such as Isaiah DeJesus are more intrigued by the idea of running a business than becoming a skilled recruit. As a talented chef, Isaiah hopes to one day own his own bakery. To develop his entrepreneurial expertise, he joined the Routt County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program, where he is challenged in real-life scenarios to create business plans and manage the success and consequences of his ideas.

Every day before school the eight students of the Routt County CEO class meet at a new business location. During the class, facilitators, business mentors, and guest speakers provide insight into the foundations of running an enterprise, while the students design a "class business." The CEO students claim that it's one of their favorite parts of education, and the community looks forward to the prospect of new local businesses.

This unique course, which functions through the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship, is unrivaled. There is no comparable program for students interested in entrepreneurship in the state. It's funding comes purely through the community, members of which often double as class mentors, and costs the district nothing.

The rigidity of traditional education neglects the innovative and resourceful nature that the CEO program embraces. There is not a singular, definite route to success — any entrepreneur could tell you that.

In northwestern Colorado, some students such as Isaiah DeJesus are more intrigued by the idea of running a business than becoming a skilled recruit. As a talented chef, Isaiah hopes to one day own his own bakery. To develop his entrepreneurial expertise, he joined the Routt County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program, where he is challenged in real-life scenarios to create business plans and manage the success and consequences of his ideas.

Every day before school the eight students of the Routt County CEO class meet at a new business location. During the class, facilitators, business mentors, and guest speakers provide insight into the foundations of running an enterprise, while the students design a "class business." The CEO students claim that it's one of their favorite parts of education, and the community looks forward to the prospect of new local businesses"

Isaiah DeJesus

Isaiah DeJesus
Thursday, November 30, 2017Learn More About Isaiah


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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Routt County CEO program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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