Chamber Hires Educator to Lead Maverick Challenge
Contact: Cindy Frey 812.379.4457
For Immediate Release
The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Courtney Rushton as its new Maverick Challenge Coordinator. Rushton will be the primary liaison between students, teachers, and community partners in Bartholomew County and other participating counties.
Rushton joins the Chamber from a successful six-year career at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC). Rushton served as a kindergarten teacher, a first grade teacher, and a Universal Design for Learning Facilitator for the corporation.
While at BCSC, Rushton piloted educational practices and resources for the corporation, served on and managed key committees, provided project support, coordination, and collaboration for educators, and developed and implemented a professional learning model for educators in two elementary schools.
“I look forward to helping foster and ignite the creativity and passion in the next generation of entrepreneurs and community leaders,” Rushton said.
This year, one of Indiana’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, John McDonald, the CEO of Fishers-based ClearObject will kick off the challenge with a workshop designed to jumpstart student innovation. McDonald will lead a design thinking workshop at Ivy Tech on August 30 for up to 100 Bartholomew County students.
Launched in 2008, the Maverick Challenge aims to further develop the innovative spirit of our region by reaching out to high school students and showing them viable career opportunities through entrepreneurship. Since then, more than $50,000 in prize monies have been awarded. Certified public accounting firm Agresta, Storms & O’Leary sponsors the student awards for Bartholomew County again this year. The program is also supported by grants from the Carl Marshall and Mildred Alman Reeves fund and the Old National Bank Foundation.