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Partners-In-Education Breakfast and Work Session Connects Businesses and Industries with Local Schools

More than 130 business leaders, principals and school personnel came together for the Chamber's annual Partners-In-Education Breakfast and Work Session on August 17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.  During the work session, business and industry leaders  and the local school they are partnered with developed plans on how they can support their students throughout the school year. Past partnerships include tutoring, mentoring, serving as classroom aides, helping host school events and fundraising. The group also heard from Ressa Chittam, Principal of the Decatur City Schools Career Academies of Decatur and the Excel Center, about her experience working with partner MeritHouse Realty & Capital Management and how it has helped make an impact on staff and students.

The Partners-In-Education program links area businesses and industries with schools in Decatur, Hartselle and Morgan County to provide educational opportunities for the students and increase the awareness of area businesses and industries. Partnerships also heighten awareness of present and future job needs, help improve the education of future employees and customers and increases understanding of the quality and needs of public-school systems. Click here to see the full list of the Partners-In-Education for our three school districts.

The Partners-In-Education program is one of the Chamber’s longest running workforce and education initiatives, and our entire community – individuals, businesses, industries and more – has a vested interest in the success of our young people and school systems. This year’s breakfast was presented by Redstone Federal Credit Union. Silver sponsors are 3M, Ascend Performance Materials and Athens State University.



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