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Careers In Business (CIB)

August/September 2022


The first several days of class students from five school districts spent time getting to know one another through different games (see photo), ice breakers, and conversation. September focuses on communication skills as they are the most important skill set in any career. It takes skill to have conversations with people you don’t know or that you may disagree with. We discuss what we’ve learned to real life situations in school, sports, and the workplace. Students will quickly dive into writing college business proposals, different types of business letters, and memos. They will also begin using MS Word to help them accomplish their writing. We will also start exploring job shadowing choices that interest them which will begin in October. 

CIB II has an enrollment with nine fantastic seniors from Freeport or Pecatonica who have an internship at local businesses. Some of the students began in the beginning of June to accommodate their busy school schedule and have been working all summer, while others have just started. It was the student’s responsibility to find their own internship primarily based off of their job shadowing experiences last year, and each one has done a fantastic job and I’m so proud of each of them! Below is a list of the students, their home school, and their placements. 

Nia Anderson, Pecatonica - German American Bank, Pecatonica

Keegan Gallagher, Freeport - Inertia

Korbin Gann, Pecatonica  - Brown’s Shoe Fit

Jaden Gocken, Pecatonica - Northstar Graphics

Christopher Koch, Pecatonica - Melissa Schwartz-Thomas, State Farm Ins

Zachary Linder, Pecatonica - German American Bank - Winnebago

Kamdyn Raymond, Freeport - Brinkmeier Plumbing

Miguel Villarruel, Pecatonica - Lingle Design Group Inc.

Natalie Yeoman, Freeport - Highland Community College

In addition to their internships, they will be working on portfolios, college and career papers, volunteering, and presentations just to name a few things. This is a very talented group of students and I’m thrilled to see what they accomplish this year!


Careers in Business Instructor,

Elizabeth Hazzard