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Voyager Students Network with Top Business CEOs and Local Government Representatives at the Chamber of Commerce "Best in Business" Luncheon.
Monday, March 23, 2015 3:50 PM

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Voyager Students Meet Top Business CEOs and Local Government Representatives at the Chamber of Commerce "Best in Business" Luncheon. 
 
Twenty Senior Voyager students were guests at the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Best in Business luncheon.  The luncheon features the five companies that have won in the following categories:
 
Best in Business - Second Harvest Heartland
Quality of Life Award - Accenture
Small Business of the Year - Chowgirls Killer Catering
Non-Profit of the Year - Northside Achievement Zone
Break-out Business of the Year - WOODCHUCK USA
 
Students had the privilege of networking and communicating with top business people from the nine region area of Minneapolis. 
 
Shirley Poelstra, Edison Program Manager of Voyager Leadership,  and two students sat with the Regional President of Wells Fargo and from these conversations, he is interested in further discussions as to how he can contribute to help support this program. Other businesses expressed an interest in offering our Voyager students internships. 
 
WOODCHUCK USA Chief Financial Officer will be visiting Edison on Thursday, April 9 from 12-1 p.m. to speak to Voyager students. Frank Vascellaro told the students to ask people for help. Don't be shy and don't be afraid to advocate for yourself. 
 
Principal, Carla Steinbach from Edison gave an overview of the Voyager program starting in 1995 with five financial companies and the growth it has experienced over the past twenty years.  
 History of Voyager Program  
 
Started with 20 students in the first class of 1995; 30 per class since 1996. 
Serviced over 600 students
Over 3000 business people have assisted students through internships, mentoring, classroom visits and field trips. 
95% of the Voyager students graduate from high school and attend post-secondary aspirations.  
 
Pictured below: Edison student Voyager President, Ser Vang, Edison’s Principal, Carla Steinbach, School Board Member, Don Samuels along with several local government representatives.
 
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