The first teacher of the CEO program, Craig Lindvahl of Effingham, now helps bring the program to other areas.
Willmar will be one of nine new sites for the program in 2014.
So far, the Willmar, New London-Spicer and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City high schools have signed on to participate in the program.
Lindvahl has been working with Gary Geiger, chairman of the Heritage Bankshares Group in Willmar, to develop the program here.
According to Lindvahl
, the program will teach high school students essential life skills that will benefit them in both their personal and professional lives, including communication, collaboration and responsibility for continued learning.
"This is the most powerful generation of people we have ever produced," said Lindvahl
, a 34-year teacher, filmmaker and executive director of the Midland Institute
At the end of the CEO program, that number had jumped to 21 students who said they were interested in establishing a business in their hometown, Lindvahl
Fifteen to 20 students have gone on to start a new business, according to Lindvahl
"The best resource your community has is its people," Lindvahl