Partners in Education

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.


Business/Education Partnerships - 

"At Jefferson City Public Schools we believe that we are 'Stronger Together' through collective action, and that Partnerships are a key component to the success of our schools, our teachers and our students. The businesses, organizations and churches that serve as partners to our schools - and the schools across Jefferson City - are making a commitment to our community's future and the people that will contribute to Jefferson City's growth and improvement. We often say that education is the backbone of every great community. We're thrilled that so many businesses and organizations in Jefferson City understand that and support the work of our schools."

-Dr. Larry Linthacum, Superintendent, Jefferson City Public Schools


Program of Excellence Award Winners

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

Become a Partner in Education

Students from about 40 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 40 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 40 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  

Directory of PIE Business Partners 

Directory of PIE School Partners

Creating a brighter future together 

The Partners in Education program (PIE), 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, 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 Outstanding Youth Leadership Awards 

 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce presented Outstanding Youth Leadership Awards to 30 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

D.J. Prichett, Belair Elementary

Kaida Morland, Callaway Hills Elementary

Katie Goodin, Calvary Lutheran High School

Deacon Black, Cedar Hill Elementary

Trevor Urvina, East Elementary

Jonah Saucier, Immaculate Conception School

Madalynn Berkey, Immaculate Conception School

Nathan Blount, Jefferson City Academic Center

Peyden Childress, Jefferson City Academic Center

Delanie Goser, Jefferson City Academic Center

Paul Thompson, Jefferson City Academic Center

Nathaniel Erickson, Jefferson City High School

William Mollenkamp, Jefferson City High School

Lauren Rector, Jefferson City High School

Zachery Boyd, Lawson Elementary

Kyle Bonnett, Lewis & Clark Middle School

Avrey Reynolds, Lewis & Clark Middle School

Daisy Willis, Lewis & Clark Middle School

Miguel Pinero, Moreau Heights Elementary

Alaina Eichholz, North Elementary

Kaleb Fender, Pioneer Trail Elementary

Cooper Simmons, Pioneer Trail Elementary

Tia Bethards, River Oak Christian Academy

Betsy Morello, Simonsen 9th Grade Center

Sean Washington, South School

Kinsey Niekamp, Special Learning Center

Taylor Riley, St. Francis Xavier School

Reece DeSimone, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Jackson Sempkin, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Sarah Wilde, West Elementary

Thank you to the award sponsors:












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

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