YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Students get on-the-job training

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Students get on-the-job training
Christine Plouffe and one of the participants in the Be the Boss Day Program put away smoe water bottles.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall students got a chance to find out what life is like in the world of work this week.

Thanks to the Be the Boss Day Program, led by the Cornwall and The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), students were paired with local entrepreneurs and spent the day with a business owner. 

The project allowed students to learn what it is like to run a business and consider entrepreneurship as a future career option.

TR Leger school invited 26 students to participate in the event.

 “Our TR Leger students were very enthused about their work experience with the Be the Boss program,” said program counsellor Kathleen Gignac. “They returned to school for lunch, prepared by the Grind, chatting amongst themselves about what a fantastic morning it was.  Some were very excited about the possibilities of part-time work or summer jobs with some of the businesses they worked with.”

Businesses were impressed with the efforts by students.

“I didn’t know what to expect but the student jumped with both feet and was so eager to learn what it takes to produce bottled water,” said Christine Plouffe of Cristill Rock.

Lynn Lee, youth co-ordinator CFDC, said the hope is that youth will use the experience to stimulate a life as an entrepreneur.

“The aim is to help our youth start their own business or help them to make some decisions about career paths,” she said. “The students got experience that they would otherwise not get exposure to which is a huge opportunity for them.”

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