Partners in Education

Business/Education Partnerships

Mission Statement:

Partners in Education promotes the collaboration of the Jefferson City area business and education communities, provides programs that enable students to achieve academic excellence and enhances economic growth with quality schools. 


  • Encourage collaboration among schools, businesses, students, parents and community leaders.
  • Promote and reward academic excellence.
  • Provide career education opportunities in all grades, including emphasis on workplace readiness skills.
  • Communicate to the public the accomplishments of the partnerships.


Partners in Education Program

Program of Excellence Award Winners

The Program of Excellence Award was presented to business-education partners (above) Bartlett & West and Jefferson City High School; (below) First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ and East Elementary School.  Congratulations!


Become a Partner in Education


Students from 45 area schools benefit from the increased motivation and self-esteem, adult role models, career exploration opportunities and curriculum enrichment.

Businesses benefit from an enhanced image, increased community awareness of business goals and issues, and the intrinsic rewards derived from sharing time and talent.  The program currently has over 60 actively participating businesses.

The entire community benefits by an improved and healthier school system and the realization that quality education is the responsibility of both business and education communities.

Join over 70 other businesses partnered with local public and parochial schools.  For information on joining the programs, please contact Dana Struemph at the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, (573) 638-3589 or 


Partners in Education Kick-Off Luncheon

Creating a brighter future together


The Partners in Education program (PIE), celebrating its 22nd year, promotes the collaboration of area businesses and schools. The PIE Program links businesses with schools in relationships that enhance student achievement and promote workforce development.

Dr. Larry Linthacum, Superintendent of the Jefferson City Public School District, recently spoke with the 2016-2017 business partners at the Partners in Education Kick-off Luncheon.  He thanked them current partners for their involvement and noted the variety of ways the partnerships enhance the school experience.  "It is important to remember that our success in education results in better lives for our students and a better workforce for our community".

Please consider becoming a Partners in Education; contact Dana Struemph at 573-638-6589 or by email,



Partners in Education Youth Leadership Awards 


 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce presented Outstanding Youth Leadership Awards to 22 students from area schools. Students were selected from a group of well-deserving nominees. Representatives from their Chamber business partners made the award presentations to the students.  Recipients received a certificate, a medallion and a cash prize.  Congratulations to the award winners listed below:


Student                                   School

Gage Richardson                    Callaway Hills Elementary

Jessica Stark                          Calvary Lutheran High School

Ashley York                            Cedar Hill Elementary

Catherine Roehl                      Helias Catholic High School

Erica Overfelt                         Jefferson City High School

Erica Dunn                             Jefferson City igh SchoolHigh School

Josh Jay                                Jefferson City High School

Audrey Klinger                       Lawson Elementary

Parker Galloway                      Lewis & Clark Middle School

Georgia Hatfield                      Lewis & Clark Middle School

Kaylee Petty                           Lewis & Clark Middle School

Coty Wolf                               North Elementary

Cole Barry & Olivia Kucsik        Pioneer Trail Elementary

Harley McGee                         South School

Maggie Colombo                     Special Learning Center

William Roehl                         St. Joseph Cathedral School

Bailey Lage                             St. Martin School

Persephone Hamler                  Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Derik Struemph                       Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Seleena Morris                        Thorpe J. Gordon

Blake Hunter                           West Elementary


A special thank you to the award sponsors:

Central Bank

First Baptist Church

Hawthorn Bank

Jefferson Bank

REACT Jefferson City Area Board of Realtors

River Region Credit Union

Scholastic Inc.

For more information about the Partners in Education program, contact or call 573-638-3589.







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