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Partners in Education Program Kicks off 2018-2019 School Year
Published: Monday, August 27, 2018

It’s “Back to School” time and that means “Partners in Education” time.

Help keep our schools strong and connected to the business community by being involved in the Chamber’s P.I.E. Program.  This Chamber initiative began in 1984 with 4 businesses and schools participating in the 1984-85 school year and has grown each year.  The Partners in Education program promotes the collaboration of the Jefferson City area business and education communities to provide programs that enable students to achieve academic excellence and enhance economic growth with top quality schools. The partnerships are an exchange of ideas, personnel and available resources which serve to benefit both parties.  Today over 40 businesses and 30+ schools are involved in the program, and the partnerships include businesses of every size and schools at every level, both public and private.

Below are testimonials from PIE supporters.  

Dr. Larry Linthacum, Superintendent, 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 and organizations 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."

Jeff DeLong, Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery - partner with Calvary Lutheran High School, “We have been a Business Partner in the Chamber’s Partners in Education program for the past 8 years. Knowing that we are helping enhance students’ education is very rewarding.  I encourage other businesses to join the program and help us make a difference in our community.  Remember, they may be working for you someday.”

Bob Gilbert, Bartlett & West – partner with the Jefferson City High School, “As an engineering and technology firm, our partnership with the Jefferson City Public Schools allows STEM exposure to a more diverse cross-section of our community. Whether it is volunteering with robotics students or supporting teachers in the classroom, Bartlett & West is committed to STEM education and the workforce these young people will create. Together, we will lead our community to a better tomorrow.”

If you would like more information on becoming a PIE partner, please contact Dana Struemph at the Chamber, 638-3589 or


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