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CARTHAGE — Students participating in Carthage High School’s CASEWorks, a college and career readiness after-school program, will host representatives from Carthage Federal Savings & Loan Association and the state Small Business Development Center, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Carthage Central School. The presentation is open to all Carthage students who would like to learn more about the new program.

CASEWorks is made possible through the state’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant awarded to Carthage High School.

Students enrolled in the entrepreneurship elective in the program are seeking advice from the community representatives on how to develop a sound and successful business.

At the event, Thomas H. Piche, CEO and president of Carthage Federal Savings & Loan, will discuss “the five Cs” of credit: character, capacity, capital, collateral and conditions. Banks use the five Cs to assess the credit score of new loan applicants.

Sarah C. O’Connell of the Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, will offer students insight on developing a successful business plan.

Marilyn Bish, Carthage Central School District’s director of grants and projects, said this is the first year Carthage has held CASEWorks. Ten students are participating.

“The kids learn to develop their own business plan based on their interests,” she said.

Mrs. Bish said the diverse programming offered by the school staff and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County provides students with exposure to career paths such as performing arts, theater and dance, community service, workforce development, entrepreneurship and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Similar CASE programs are available in other Carthage Central schools.

For more information, call Mrs. Bish at 493-5123.

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