Weslaco Chamber and Weslaco ISD seeking participants for 2017 nCourage program
Weslaco, TX – The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Weslaco ISD, is seeking business applications for the 2017 nCourage Youth Program. The mentoring program will take place at participating businesses on October 10 and 11. An introductory orientation for the participating businesses will be held at the Weslaco Business Visitor and Event Center prior to the mentoring dates.
nCourage is designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to observe and interact in the daily operations of a participating local business. The two-day program gives students an opportunity to interact with business leaders and institutions to explore career options, leadership, and broaden their perspectives of Rio Grande Valley businesses. Students will understand workplace operations and have real-world experience. This program motivates students while exposing them to professional environments, often resulting in confirmation of professional interests and refined approach to career opportunities such as college major and/or trade profession/curriculum. nCourage emphasizes leadership and trade skills through multiple angles such as one-on-one mentor interaction, hands-on business practices, and business site tours.
In 2016, 75 students participated in the program; they had access to hands-on training by local business leaders. Through this partnership over 30 businesses had a chance to interact and mentor students.
“Many promising careers and professions exist in the area,” said Doug Croft, Weslaco Chamber President/CEO. “With this program, we will encourage our youth to choose a profession in which they will excel. This program supports the development of a well-trained and happy workforce.”
“Implementing nCourage was the first step to building a prosperous partnership between students and the business community,” said Luis J. Reyes, Magic Valley Electric Co-op Communications Manager, Weslaco Chamber Board Member and nCourage Committee Chair. “Now, we need more business leaders to help us inspire the future workforce through the nCourage program.”
“We’re all about getting our kids ready for the future,” said Sue Peterson, Weslaco I.S.D. Assistant Superintendent. “We want to make sure they are ready with the skills they need to be highly successful at their jobs. We’re very excited about the collaboration that’s taking place between local businesses, the Weslaco Chamber and Weslaco ISD.”
Local businesses that would like to participate in the program can download an application at www.weslaco.com and return it to the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
For more information about the program please call 956-968-2102.
CAPTION: Esmeralda Garza from State Farm – Julian Garza mentors Weslaco East High School student Ashley Neira in a past nCourage program. The Weslaco Chamber is currently collecting business participants for the program. The business must be located within a 25 mile radius of Weslaco ISD.