Chamber Education Services

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At the Chamber, we believe good education is a key factor in the development of our local economy. Excellent K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are critical to building a high-tech economy, which we see as the future of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The Chamber supports our local K-12 public schools through a myriad of programs that allow both local businesses and individual businesspeople to get involved in the schools.
Through the Chamber’s K-12 volunteer programs, thousands of businesspeople volunteer in our local schools, and hundreds of businesses partner with individual schools to make a difference in our community.

Partnership & Volunteer Opportunities include our Senior Academy and Corporate Volunteers programs, which put business volunteers into local schools, working one-on-one with students to help them meet their academic and career goals. This area also includes a number of Workforce Development programs:

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  • School-Business Partnerships that connect businesses and community organizations with schools to assist in providing the best possible education.
  • Real World Connections that give students a chance to interact with businesspeople and see for themselves what different careers are like.
  • Career Specific Partnerships that focus on educating young people about the opportunities available in four professional areas key to the local economy – Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Construction and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) – and making sure they get the training they need to be successful in those fields.
  • Classroom Speakers Program includes local business and community volunteers who are willing to share their expertise with students in the classroom. Speakers bring relevance to a particular topic, helping students understand the connection between the curriculum and the real-world of work. Speakers also provide teachers with additional curriculum-related resource expertise.

Bus Stop Appreciation Initiative is a program that allows local businesses to do their part in keeping our best teachers in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

To learn more about the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, visit wsfcs.k12.nc.us.

For additional information about our Educational programs, please contact any of the following Chamber representatives:

Rodessa Mitchell
Vice President, Education and Workforce Development
(336) 728-9222
Jennifer Cobb
Director, Education and Business Volunteer Services
(336) 728-9219
Tina Long
Coordinator, Senior Academy
(336) 728-9204