Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, Mon County Schools to Partner on Workforce Development, Career Readiness

TO: All Area Media
FROM Frank Vitale


re: Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, Mon County Schools to Partner on
Workforce Development, Career Readiness

With the goal of strengthening the local economy while increasing career exploration opportunities for Monongalia County’s K-12 students, the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) announces its partnership with the Monongalia County Schools (MCS) to enhance workforce development and career readiness.

An event for key business and education stakeholders to evaluate opportunities for expanded
collaboration is scheduled 5 p.m., June 4 at the Mon County Board of Education annex, 209 Prairie Ave., Morgantown. “The Monongalia County Schools has built strong collaborative relationships with over 100 area employers through its Partners in Education initiative, one of the most vital partnership programs in the state” said MACC Executive Director Russ Rogerson. “Area employers also are actively involved in an advisory capacity with MTEC’s career and technical education programming. We anticipate this new partnership between the Chamber and the schools will expand on these relationships to benefit both our students and the local economy.”

“The Mon County business community has a well-established tradition of support for the high quality public education our schools provide,” noted MCS Superintendent Dr. Eddie Campbell. “I see this collaboration with the Chamber as a means of further supporting that mutually beneficial business/education collaboration.”

Partnership organizers anticipate Mon County students will benefit from increased access to local internships, externships, job fairs, job shadowing, workplace tours, integrated career pathways, career exploration and speakers’ bureau presentations.

Frank Vitale, president/CEO of Forge Business Solutions, LLC, a strategic planning firm based in Morgantown, will facilitate the June 4 session.
“I believe that by bringing industry and education together, we can better engage students where they are and encourage them to consider future careers as soon as possible,” Vitale said. “As a West Virginia business owner and educator, I’m incredibly passionate about the opportunity to strengthen and grow relationships between West Virginia businesses and students of all ages.”

For more information, contact Frank Vitale at / 304-777-2248 or Russ Rogerson at / 304-292-3311.

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