Four students successfully completed the StartUP program

FINISH CLASS–Four students successfully finished their year in the Randolph County StartUP program. Each created and set up their own business over the course of the year. Pictured are: Nick Guebert, Breanna Bodeker, Rylie Manker and Caleb Langrehr. Manker was also recognized as the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year from the class.

While the class started the year with 14 students, last week four students successfully completed their year in the Randolph County StartUP program.

The program is a community partnership between local high school students and area businesses that transforms the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. 

Over the course of the school year, the students worked hand-in-hand with local businesses to develop the knowledge and skills to launch their own working business. They then created real businesses, invested with real money and earned real profits. 

Community leaders and business owners served as mentors, providing touring opportunities of their businesses and/or served as guest speakers to share knowledge on all areas of operating a business. This partnership is designed to encourage young people to come back to the community to build businesses and inspire future generations of entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. 

For more on the StartUP program, please see this week’s print edition.