Students Take Part in Spark J-Co

Students Take Part in Spark J-Co
Posted on 11/22/2019
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – It was a new take on a long nstanding tradition Friday as Jefferson County Schools has partnered with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College for the 2019 Spark JCo – “Leadership Unplugged”.
About 90 students from Jefferson High School and Washington High School participated in what had been the “High School Business Symposium,” an event that focused on entrepreneurial skills rather than broader leadership qualities.
Jefferson County Schools Deputy Superintendent Shawn Dilly said is significant.
“Students today face so many challenges that we just didn’t have even ten years ago,” he said. “By focusing on leadership skills we are preparing these students for anything, no mater what path they choose.”
Heather Morgan McIntyre, Executive Director of the Chamber, said it was time for a change.
“It is important to bring the students and business leaders together to meet and discuss topics that both can relate to in the community, McIntyre said. “This is a great way to build relationships between the two and sometimes lead to an internship for the students.”
The event students to interact with business leaders from across the county.
They all participate in a variety of activities designed to give the students insight about life beyond high school. 
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College presented students with  a Personal Reflection of a Leader activity to wrap up the day, featuring Bobby Blair from Kisner Communication.
American Public University hosted the event.

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