MEDC – MHS partnership develops leaders, explores community.

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 12.04.18

This fall, McCook Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and McCook High School have partnered for a new leadership program to expose seniors to area opportunities. A group of 15 seniors involved in Interact was chosen to participate in this new program.

The group meets every Wednesday at 2:00. One week the students will learn a leadership lesson and the next week, they will visit a local employer to learn more about career opportunities.

Already this fall, the group has toured Community Hospital, Parker Hannifin, and First Central Bank. In the leadership class, the students have already examined the principals of character, prioritization, and entrepreneurship.

Throughout the program, the message being delivered to this group is there are great opportunities for the students to return to McCook after college. MEDC director Andy Long said, “There are great opportunities available in this area. Growing up in Grant, I didn’t realize all the opportunities available. We want to spend time with the seniors to connect with them and help them explore how they can make their future in McCook.”

Local organizations have seen the benefit of having these students visit their businesses.

“Anytime we can expose students to all careers in health care it is a win for all of us,” said Karen Kliment Thompson, Vice President Ancillary Services at Community Hospital.

Jeff Crick, Human Resources Specialist, said “It’s exciting to see the students enthusiasm to explore new fields.  Many high school and college students are unaware of the tremendous opportunities in manufacturing.  The senior leadership program allows them to learn about the careers available.”

The students have also seen the value in participating in the program.

Senior Mollie Tate said, “I can see how what I’m learning in the leadership lessons will be beneficial to improve my life and community in the future. It has also been great to see the opportunities available locally.” Ryan Wilson has been impressed by what he’s seen and said, “The hose at Parker-Hannifin was cool!”

If there are questions about the workforce development projects McCook Economic Development Corporation are engaged in, contact MEDC director Andy Long at 308-345-1200 or andy@mccookne.org.