nCourage Seeks Business Mentors

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nCourage Seeks Business Mentors

Esmeralda Garza from State Farm – Julian Garza mentors Weslaco East High School student Ashley Neira in a past nCourage program.
Esmeralda Garza from State Farm – Julian Garza mentors Weslaco East High School student Ashley Neira in a past nCourage program.

Weslaco program connects youth with business

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce and Weslaco ISD are seeking business applications for the 2017 nCourage Youth Program taking place Oct. 10-11. nCourage is designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to both observe and interact in the daily operations of a participating local business.

The nCourage Youth Program gives students an opportunity to interact with business leaders as well as institutions to explore career options, leadership and broaden their perspectives of Rio Grande Valley businesses. The program motivates students while exposing them to professional environments. This often results in confirmation of professional interests and refined approach to career opportunities such as college major and/or trade profession/curriculum.

“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.”

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. Through this partnership, more than 30 businesses had a chance to interact and mentor students.

An introductory orientation for businesses takes place at the Weslaco Business Visitor and Event Center prior to the mentoring dates. Participating businesses must be within a 25-mile radius of Weslaco ISD.

Local businesses that would like to participate in the program can download an application at weslaco.com/ncourage and return it to the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce by Sept. 20.

For more information, call 956-968-2102.

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