Growing Together Career Scholars Program Expands, High School Students Encouraged To Begin Application Process 

WAYNE – College officials at Wayne State College are continuing to emphasize career readiness for college students and recently added Education and Industrial Technology to the career scholar program.

According to a release from WSC, now is the time for high school students to apply for Wayne State College’s Growing Together Career Scholars Program. The college’s innovative partnership pairs students with area businesses and industries to ensure students get a hands-on education that gives them an advantage as they enter the work force. Heading into its second year, the program has recently expanded the eligible fields of study to include education and industrial technology.

Students are urged to visit to begin the application process. High school students must apply by Monday, February 1 for a slot in the competitive program. Candidates will be selected for interviews once the applications have been reviewed by the selection committee. These candidates must be passionate about earning a degree in one of the eligible fields and committed to living in northeast Nebraska.

In addition to the experiential learning, skill-building workshops, career-readiness activities, and generous scholarships, Wayne State recently launched a new student chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), providing fully funded memberships for students in the Career Scholars Program. One of the direct benefits of the CEO chapter is the regional business competition, which will give WSC students the opportunity to compete in a business pitch competition. Winners of the regional competition will qualify to compete at the Global Conference in November for more than $25,000 in cash prizes.

The CEO chapter brings together many components of the educational experience to provide WSC career scholars an additional creative outlet to prepare for the work force. The Growing Together Career Scholars program, an Aksarben workforce initiative, provides scholarships ranging from $2,000-$15,000 per year for four years to cover tuition, fees, room, and board at WSC. The program emphasizes learning by doing and culminates with a senior year cooperative education experience in which students work up to 30 hours per week for a Norfolk area business while earning 18 credit hours and living in the downtown Norfolk area.

The students in Wayne State’s new CEO chapter will join more than 16,500 members at more than 250 colleges and universities, as CEO strives to encourage and support members to dream big and launch a business. Students will spend a semester learning aspects of entrepreneurship through team-based activities. Students will complete the semester with an opportunity to attend the Midwest Regional Conference in Omaha in April to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and to learn from nationally known business leaders in technology, social media and product development.

Eligible fields of study for Wayne State’s Career Scholars program:

Business administration


Information Technology

Industrial Technology

Mass Communication


The CEO Chapter at Wayne State College will meet monthly to discuss entrepreneurship ideas, to discover the exciting world of business development and to network with local business owners and leaders.

For additional information about the chapter or to discover networking events for students and businesses, contact Dr. Michael Keibler at or Dr. Trish Kolterman at