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 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


A special thank you to the award sponsors:

Bartlett & West

Central Bank

Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery

Engineering Surveys & Services

First Baptist Church

First Christian Church

Hawthorn Bank

Jefferson Bank

Jefferson City Autoplex

Landmark Bank

Mid America Bank

Modine Manufacturing

Panera Bread

REACT Jefferson City Area Board of Realtors

River Region Credit Union

Scholastic Inc.

William Woods University

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



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