These three McCreary Central High School students recently represented McCreary County and Kentucky at the National Institute on Cooperative Education program on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
These three students earned their way to the three day conference by participating in the local American Private Enterprise Seminar presented by the McCreary County Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Youth Seminar presented by the University of Kentucky College of Ag, Food and Environment. The local program was sponsored by United Cumberland Bank, McCreary County Chamber of Commerce and SKRECC. The state program was sponsored by the Kentucky Council of Cooperatives.
While at the conference the youth participated in numerous educational programs and tours.
They competed in teams in a computer simulated business challenge where they made day to day business decisions that effected the businesses bottom line. They toured Homestead Creamy, a small business that purchases milk from four local farms and produces milk related products. The business has makes home delivery and bottles milk in returnable glass bottles.
They also worked in teams in a business related problem solving exercise.
The program had a number of world renowned speakers speaking to the youth on: Business, Careers, Being Successful in College and Being Successful in Life.