Exploring the Joplin community, learning about career opportunities, and meeting business professionals are just a few of the reasons Missouri Southern State University students applied to participate in the MSSU/YPN Super Leader Program.

The effort will  celebrate its second group of graduates at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Independent Living Center.   

Super Leaders, a leadership development program created through a partnership between Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network was designed to connect MSSU students with the Joplin Business Community. 

Through this semester-long program students have explored the community and connected with business professionals by participating in themed outings that included:  Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Healthcare and Marketing, Non-Profit and Civic Organizations, Manufacturing and International Business, as well as Local Government and Economic Development. 

Nicole Brown, Program director shared “What is really special about this program is that every session is planned by volunteers from The Young Professionals Network.  Throughout the entire process students are mentored, it is a great way for the membership to give back to the next generation.”

“The overarching goal of the program is to address the brain drain issue every community is facing.  We want the students to become invested in the community, work here, and become the next group of community leaders,” Brown said.  Applications are now being accepted for the Fall Group of Super Leaders.  For more information, call (417) 625-9343.