Chamber Education Services


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 business-people to get involved in the schools.

Through the Chamber’s K-12 volunteer programs, thousands of business-people volunteer in our local schools, and hundreds of businesses partner with individual schools to make a difference in our community.

Partnerships & Volunteer Opportunities

Through our partnership and volunteer opportunities, the business community can make a meaningful contribution to help students prepare for life and work in the 21st century. Business support can help ensure that students graduate with the skills necessary to meet the demands of our knowledge-based, globally competitive economy. The Chamber encourages members to get involved with our educational development efforts through some very successful, ongoing programs.

Education-PartnershipVolunteerThe Corporate Volunteers Program pairs Kindergarten through 2nd grade students with business and community volunteers who spend an hour each week working with their student on reading and language skills.

Senior Academy volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring for 12th grade students at participating high schools who are in jeopardy of dropping out.

Workforce Development initiatives are designed to ensure that we will be able to meet the demand for qualified workers by promoting student achievement, creating career awareness, and helping prepare students to meet the demands of our knowledge-based, globally competitive economy.

Additionally, the BUS Stop Educator Appreciation Initiative is a program that allows local businesses to do their part in keeping our best educators in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

To learn more about the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, visit For additional information about our Educational programs, please contact any of the following Chamber representatives:

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