The process to get in is by application that includes letters of recommendation and character references. The students, Lindvahl said, will work hard but the benefits will be great. Interest, according to WHS Principal LeAnne Kelley, is high.
“Bill did a project and invited (Lindvahl) in and he’s got kids talking about it,” Kelley said.
A local board consisting of business professionals and school leaders has already been formed for the program. Marilyn McCullough of Thompson Insurance got to see the program firsthand in Effingham, Ill., and was in awe.
“We are so fortunate to be able to get the program going in our own community,” McCullough said.
The CEO program does not use any school funding, but is totally funded through local businesses and the DCEDF. Washington Schools Superintendent Daniel Roach said he is excited about the partnership.
“We will be the frontrunner in something that others will want to pattern after,” Roach said. “It does fit well with what Mr. Turner has done in the past.”
While the CEO program looks to have a promising start, business leaders and interested individuals are needed to volunteer their time, office space, or make financial contributions to the program. Interested persons can contact Amy Haag at the Foundation at 254-1500 or email@example.com.