The next meeting of the Estero Economic Excellence Outreach Committee will be held on Monday, January 29 at Estero Community Park.
Economic Excellence through Educational Exceptionalism
Monday, January 29 at 10:00am
Estero Community Park
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Estero, Fl 33928 (map)
The goal of the Estero Economic Excellence Outreach Council (EEEOC) is to engage as many talented and experienced professionals and businesspersons who call Estero their home, or their second home, to actively support the efforts of Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee Public Schools. Lee Health and others to grow and diversify the economy and otherwise improve the quality of life of the residents of Estero and south Lee County.
The EEEOC hopes to accomplish this goal by forming a strong advocacy group in each Estero and south Lee County residential community.
The Unmet Need
For years, Southwest Florida employers have indicated that finding quality talent has been a challenge. They’ve also lamented the “brain drain” — watching many talented Florida Gulf Coast University students move away to start their careers. The EEEOC is a new initiative of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) that addresses these needs by partnering with FGCU, Junior Achievement and Lee County Schools.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is one of three universities throughout the country that are committed to establishing a “School of Entrepreneurship”. Shortly FGCU’s Lutgert School of Business department of Entrepreneurship will leave the Business School and become a separate School where students from all other disciplines can enroll to learn how to create new products and services.
We need you to use your extensive business knowledge and experience to provide advice and counsel as mentors to the rapidly expanding number of students studying in the Entrepreneurship School.
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young school students the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, help plan their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA volunteers provide relevant hands-on experience that give K – 12 students basic knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. (JASWFL has had great success over the past two decades teaching its programs to students in all Grades (K – 12) but has never had the resources to connect with all students in all schools in south Lee County.
We need you to volunteer your time and talent to learn how to use JA’s well developed lesson plans to better prepare all Estero-area students in JA’s three core-content competencies: financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship.
Lee County Schools are seeking retired business people to talk to students about their professions as a form of career counseling.
We need retired a wide variety of our retirees who have had successful careers to volunteer to talk to students at all levels of our local schools to acquaint them with the kinds of career opportunities that they might aspire to choose.
Attend the meeting on January 29th to learn about all the different ways you can help the improve the South Lee County workforce and diversified economy.
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