Education News

Published: Monday, May 13, 2019


Oftentimes residents of Jefferson City don’t get the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the industries that support it. In January and February, the Leadership Class of 2019 was able to learn about local government and volunteerism in Jefferson City. In the past few months, they had six more sessions giving them a look into diversity, technology, health & wellness, education, state government, and industry. These sessions are designed to expand their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of our community.

Diversity Session
The Class began the Diversity Session at Coffee Zone in downtown Jefferson City.  They enjoyed hearing from owner, Taisir Yanis about his experience in moving to America and starting his business in Jefferson City.  The next stop was Lincoln University—class members learned of the University’s history and toured the Inman Page Library.  International students gave presentations on their native country and shared their experiences of coming to Jefferson City and Lincoln University. ILRC provided lunch from the Jamaican Jerk Hut. Afterward, the group participated in several diversity awareness programs, such as Diversity Bingo and BAFA BAFA training.  Thank you to sponsors; Coffee Zone, Independent Living Resource Center, and Lincoln University and to the Session Coordinators;  Georgeta Dacila, State of MO; Melinda Cardone, ILRC; and Hank Vogt, ReMAX.

Technology Session
For the Technology Session, class members learned of the many ways in which technology is used in business, government, and education. The class visited  Central Technology Services, the Christopher S. Bond United States Courthouse, State Technical College of Missouri, Modern Litho, and GFI Digital. Thank you to sponsors:  GFI Digital and State Technical College of Missouri and Session Coordinators Amy Ames, State Technical College of Missouri, and Jill Hansen, Central Technology Services. 


Education session
At the Education Session, the LJC Class was enlightened on various educational programs offered within the Jefferson City Public School District.  The day began with a visit to Jefferson City High School where they had a presentation and tour of the renovations. Next, the class visited the Southwest Early Childhood Center. During their visit to the Miller Performing Arts Center,  Dr. Larry Linthacum, Superintendent of JCPS, gave a district update while class members enjoyed lunch served by the Nichols Career Center Culinary Arts students.  At the JCPS Academic Center, a student panel shared their educational challenges and achievements.  The session ended with a tour of the construction at Capital City High School.  Thank you to Session Sponsors: Jefferson City Public Schools and William Woods University and to Session Coordinators  Mallory McGowin and Amy Berendzen, both of J.C. Public Schools.


Health & Wellness Session
The Health and Wellness Session focused on Jefferson City’s medical hub with visits to Jefferson City Medical Group, Align Chiropractic, Community Health Center, Capital Region Medical Center, Cole County Health Department, Whaley’s Pharmacy, YMCA, and SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital. Many thanks to sponsors;  Align Chiropractic, Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City Medical Group, Missouri Hospital Association and SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital. Also, thank you to session coordinators:  Kim Robertson, American Heart Association, Lindsay Huhman, Capital Region Medical Center, Ilana Holland, Whaley’s Family Pharmacy and Janet Wear-Enloe, SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital. 

State Government Session

The State Government Session began with a visit to the Missouri National Guard Museum and the Jefferson City Correctional Center.  After lunch, they met with Legislators for an update from Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Rep. Griffith, and Rep. Veit. Class members also had the opportunity to tour the Capitol.  They visited the Supreme Court building where they enjoyed learning about the court system from Supreme Court Judge Paul Wilson. Thank you to the sponsor Hawthorn Bank and session coordinators Mary Rackers, Cornerstone Appraisal, and Judy Naught, Naught-Naught Insurance. 

Industry Session
The Industry Session focused on the base of our community’s economy—local manufacturers. Class members took tours of Command Web and Alpla.  Next, they traveled to Scholastic Inc. for lunch and tour of the facility.  The day ended with a “hands-on” project at Midwest Block & Brick.  Many thanks to the session sponsor:  Scholastic Inc.  Also, thank you to session coordinators  Lori Massman, and Renee Jurgensmeyer, both of Scholastic Inc.



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