EDC Survey

A word from our Director

Article 4 – June 2018

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

May is always are very busy and exciting time at Macon County Economic Development! At this time each year we host the 8th grade career fair and chose the recipients for our Come Home Scholarships.  

The Class of 2022 Career Fair was held on Thursday, May 10 at the Macon R-1 High School. All students attending school in Macon County are invited to participate; this year we hosted 164 students from LaPlata, Atlanta, New Cambria, Callao, and Macon including Immaculate Conception School. Local businesses and school organizations, 23 in total, set up booths and spent time visiting with our young people. The students received a tour of the Macon Area Career and Technology Center and learned more about the opportunities provided. I so appreciate Pete Claas organizing the tour each year, I know it can be a challenge to get 164 through MACTEC in an hour and a half but the students really enjoy it. This year we were fortunate to have the Mechatronics truck and trailer from Moberly Area Community College come to the school and talk about this emerging field that is a combination of mechanical maintenance and technology. Each year we invite all students to participate in an essay contest on their choice for five topics. We received many great essays but in the end we chose the top three to present with awards. This year’s winners were: 1st place Jenna Lene received a laptop computer and carry case and a printer, 2nd place Pieper Wood, and 3rd place Emma Bruno each received a 10” tablet. Thank you to all that continue to support this event; school staff and faculty, local businesses, and community member because without your support this would not be as successful as it is.

The Come Home Scholarship is an opportunity for students to receive $1,000 toward furthering their education. Applicants must be a senior in high school in Macon County, have a GPA of no less than 2.0, demonstrate a trouble-free high school career, a desire to return to Macon County after further education, and plan to attend college or technical school no later than the fall semester following high school graduation. We had many excellent students apply and interview for one of three scholarships. This year we awarded a scholarships to each of the following students; Treven Milburn who lives in and attends school in Macon, Brianna Still who lives in Macon and attends Atlanta School, and Sadie Adkins who lives in and attends school in Atlanta. Congratulation to these recipients and all the 2018 graduates!

Working closely with our young people recently is what made me choose the quote I did; our young people are our tomorrow. Ensuring that they are aware of all the opportunities that exist within Macon County is so very important for their and our future. Remember, the best is yet to come.

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