Wamego Businesses Join Classroom to Career Partnership

The 2018-2019 Classroom-to-Career Partnership program kicked off on September 13th at the Bank of the Flint Hills Hwy 24 location with over 60 teachers and business representatives in attendance. The program strengthens the relationship between local schools and the business community and gets students thinking about possible careers at an early age by engaging businesses with 4th grade classes in a partnership that runs the full school year. Each 4th grade class is sponsored by a business and regular interactions are facilitated both in and outside of the classroom.

“This partnership builds on the strong connections between the Wamego business community and our schools. We’re proud to add Classroom-to-Career to existing programs like Peer Chamber and Youth Entrepreneurs that provide great opportunities for students at many levels,” said Daryn Soldan, Executive Director of the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce. Jack Allston, Executive Director of the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation highlighted the workforce benefits of the partnership, by stating that “the program will have long-term work understanding benefits for the youth going through this partnership.” 

With the support and sponsorship of the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation and the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s program has expanded to include the six 4th grade classes at West Elementary in Wamego and the 4th grade class at Westmoreland Elementary. Additional 4th grade classes taking part in the program include those in USD 383 – Manhattan, Flint Hills Christian School, and Manhattan Catholic School. Classroom-to-Career Partnership sponsoring businesses in Wamego and Westmoreland are Bank of the Flint Hills, Caterpillar, Kaw Valley State Bank, Riley Construction, Wamego Health Center, WTC, the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation.

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