Tomorrow’s leaders explore today’s careers through program
Students gain insight into careers, leadership
Today’s leaders are always looking for ways to prepare and groom future leaders.
Through joint partnerships between the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and a Cassville High School program, seniors have the opportunity to view tomorrow’s opportunities through the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) program.
“The TLT program seeks to recognize students for their dedication to, and excellence in scholarship, leadership, character, and community service,” said Brittany Farris, Cassville Chamber director. “Those [students] who have been selected as part of the program must maintain high standards, remain active in organizations, and demonstrate positive leadership in all aspects of student life.”
The program introduces seniors to a plethora of local business professionals and job opportunities within their community, tells them what educational credentials are needed and allows them to make connections, Farris said.
“We try to give information about a variety of different careers to the students,” said Farris, adding that students not only learn about the history of local businesses they visit through the TLT program, but also have the opportunity to make connections and develop relationships with the business community.
Students must be selected to the program, undergoing an application process, counselor and teacher recommendations and interview with the TLT committee.
Seniors selected were: Anne Sommers, Lexie Wilson, Cameron Irwin, Charlie Seymour, Kaylee Periman, Audrey Harrison, Yesenia Rivera, Chelsey Small, Macey Parsons, Savannah Clere, Ying Thao, Olivia Padilla and Sydney Larson-Brant.
Over the course of the school year, five themed outing days included student visits to the following businesses and industries:
• Natural Resource Day, October 12: All Points Recycling, Bear Crossing Cabins, Angler’s Lodge, Roaring River State Park, Barry Electric Cooperative
• Industry Day, November 9: George’s, Able 2; Justin Boot, Arning, Regal
• Government and Law Day, January 18: Judicial Center, City Hall, Cassville Police Station, Barry County Courthouse
• Healthcare Day, February 8: Roark Family Health, ACCESS Medical and Dental Clinic, Dental Office of Dr. Carolyn Hunter, Mercy Hospital, Herrin Animal Hospital, Runnels Chiropractic
• Small Business Day, March 8: Commerce Bank, Barry County Abstract & Title, Security Abstract & Title, Sports World, Barry County Museum, Cassville Democrat
Program sponsors include: All Points Recycling, Barry Electric Cooperative, City of Cassville, Commerce Bank, Hutchens Construction, Mercy Hospital, Regal, Runnels Chiropractic and Whitley Pharmacy.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two TLT seniors in May.