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WC Senior Edmund Besong Joins Clinton County Fellows Program

Summer Experience Designed to Assist Local Entities and Stem County's 'Brain Drain'

July 5, 2012

Edmund Besong

Edmund Besong

Wilmington College senior Edmund Besong and four local residents from other colleges and universities are in the midst of sharing their expertise with non-profit and business entities as part of the Clinton County Fellows program.

In its third year, the five Fellows are expected to complete some 2,000 hours of work that will lead to these entities becoming more sustainable, competitive or profitable.

Energize Clinton County and the Regional Planning Commission fund the summer program.
Ideally, the experience will serve to retain and attract young professionals in an area that has experienced a “brain drain.”

The Wilmington News Journal cited U.S. Census data stating that, in the past 10 years, Clinton County has experienced a 5.3 percent decrease in its 20 to 45 year-old age group, while increasing by 7.6 percent those residents over 40. Concurrently, fewer than 15 percent of Clinton County residents over 25 hold a bachelor’s degree, compared to 28 percent nationally and 36 percent in Ohio.

Besong, a native of Cameroon in West Africa, is engaged in an academic program with majors in accounting and marketing and a minor in economics. His father is a 1978 WC graduate.

As a member of the Fellows program, he is working with New Sabina Industries and CIFT, the Center for Innovative Food Technology. In addition to his academic experience, Besong has worked with several local companies and organizations, including WPS-CPA, EMSAR and National Bank and Trust.