Jackson Co. CEO class

21 days ago

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The Jackson County CEO program has gotten off to a great start.  This is good news because the CEO stands for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities.  The goal of this class is to give these high school Juniors and Seniors hands on experiences creating their own small business. Being facilitated by Ken Stoner, an employee of the Southern Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC), there have been numerous opportunities for the students to interact with business leaders discussing various points as the students struggle to developing their own business plan.  Developing the future business leaders today is essential to promote growth in our region.

Aimee Wigfall, a small business owner and a business coach for the SBDC, was a speaker at a recent class.  She went through the step-by-step business plan workbook that the SBDC has to support those looking into developing their ideas into a viable business.  She stressed the importance of the executive summary being brief (while including all relevant facts as to why your business is necessary) as well as the importance of your financial projections of costs and revenue to be as realistic as possible.  Explaining these are the two main areas a banker will review prior to securing a business loan underlined the importance of this plan.  This brief overview of the step-by-step guide can be thought of as an introduction to all the areas these students will study; such as the different descriptions of businesses and their legal benefits or liabilities, setting up operations (insurance, employees etc) and selecting a location, marketing the business,  as well as general accounting principals.  

This class is non-traditional meaning more than just it doesn’t teach from a textbook.  The class begins at 7:30 and extends to include the first period class at their high school.  They meet off site visiting places like the SBDC’s Dunn-richmond building to hear speakers like Aimee Wigfall to meeting in an actual business conference room such as The Southern Illinoisan.  Tim Marston, a senior from Murphysboro High School stated that “The class has been very beneficial from learning how to present ourselves professionally and communicating clearly to planning the smallest details of an event.”  As a hopeful future small business owner he has been excited to be part of this class.  



Make a Change With Your Change

21 days ago

two bowls of water. One bowl has dirty water


The Multicultural Club has committed to sponsor at least one well, at a cost of only $400 to provide safe drinking water to a village in East Africa, through partnering with the Marion Medical Mission.  Half of the world's population that lacks safe, clean water (330 million people) live in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Since 1980, Marion Medical Mission has built over 16,648 shallow wells in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, providing an estimated 2.4 millions people with a sustainable source of safe drinking water.  This year's shallow wells will be dug primarily in the most remote and poor areas of Tanzania.  

The picture above shows water before it has been purified for drinking.  The crystal clear water was made possible because of the wells that have been provided.

At this time, we have raised almost enough money to pay for one well and hope to raise enough for a second one.  If you would like to donate to this vital endeavor, you may send your donation to MHS.

MHS to Raffle off 1965 Mustang

21 days ago


Last year the Murphysboro School District accepted a generous donation in a 1965 Mustang.  The Automotive Classes along with the Manufacturing Class have been restoring this vehicle back to near vintage condition. 

The car is nearly complete at this time. The car is being raffled.  Tickets are $5 each.  Mr. Tripp intends to sell a total of 2000 tickets.


White car with doors open

The funds raised will go to support the vocational department and the Career and Technical Education we have at Murphysboro High School. Tickets are available in the office between 7:30  and 4:00. 

Murphysboro High School has Internships locally

21 days ago

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Some students at Murphysboro High School are getting a jump start on their futures by participating in internships. One of these students is Carlos Garcia. He is currently working with Burke Electric. This internship is particularly beneficial for Carlos, who plans to become a certified electrician after high school. Carlos began his internship during the summer, and now he spends first and second periods continuing to work for the company. Carlos believes this opportunity will give him an advantage once he graduates from high school because he will have already gained valuable on-the-job experience.

This is what Carlos had to say about his experience interning with Burke Electric.

Having an internship with Burke Electric had been a very positive experience and really helps me apply what I have learned in school. Instead of learning material in the classroom and quickly forgetting it, I have a chance to apply everything right away. I have been given the opportunity to work every morning for at least two hours of my day. I learn something new every single day.  I t can either have something to do with electrical wiring or just parts and materials that an electrician uses on the job.  Without this internship throughout the school year I would honestly forget everything that I have already learned. There is just so much you have to remember, but once I have applied what I have learned in my internship, it makes sense to me and I will remember it.  

I have learned so much during my internship. I have also developed a very strong work ethic. I was allowed to begin working with Burke Electric during the summer. I get to see how things work and the way the electricians do their jobs. I helped an electrician wire a house this summer. He let me install switches and receptacles. We ran wire up to the attic and through the cross base. I have been able to meet new people on every job as well, so my communication skills have also developed during my internship. One thing I do is deliver whatever materials are needed to the work site. Some electricians also give me advice on the way they do things. This helps so much because I am getting the benefit of learning from people who know the tricks of the trade.  

A typical day for a shop guy at Burke Electric requires me to take phone calls from electricians that call and whatever they need I take to them. It can be pretty cool to deliver on a big job because you also see other contractors doing their jobs. We keep ourselves busy around the shop. We have to keep everything extremely organized. That way things are easy to find. I never realized the importance of organizational skills, but I get it now. If things are not where they are supposed to be, you can lose a lot of valuable time, which is frustrating.     

I would say to anyone considering doing an internship to take it serious because it can be the career you chose for the rest of your life. It can give you really good work experience. It will also help you get into a college program because they know you have experience and are serious about going into that area of study.  You have to be responsible because they depend on you just like any other employee who works for them.  Having an internship also is a big step in becoming an adult. I think most students would enjoy doing an internship once they gave it a try, and it would definitely help any student prepare for the future.

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