2016-17 CEO class
Sixteen students from Staples Motley and Wadena-Deer Creek high schools and their parents met April 20 at Stern Rubber Company, Staples, for an orientation session for their CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class which begins this fall. The coordinator, Cindi Koll, and many of the CEO board members also attended. While the class will work around school schedules, it is separate from the school districts. It is supported entirely by area businesses to expose students to the variety of career opportunties available locally. In addition to other projects each student will be given the information they need to create their own businesses.
Students, parents and board members toured the Stern Rubber plant following the orientation. Bob Jackson, CEO board member and general manager of Stern Rubber Company, led the tour explaining the processes used in manufacturing a variety of products for their customers, such as Arctic Cat and American Valve and Hydrant. He also told the group of the expansion planned for later this year when they will install more equipment to produce parts for the automotive industry. They expect to add 200-300 new jobs within the next five years.