Partners in Education Program of Excellence

Program of Excellence Award Winners

Each year the Partners in Education Committee asks the Chamber’s business and school partnerships to share the highlights of their working relationships.  Based on the applications, the Committee selects a partnership that displays creativity, dedication and commitment to the students and each other. This year’s selection process was challenging due to the strength of the applications, and the committee decided to award two partnerships, instead of one, for their outstanding work.

Congratulations to the Program of Excellence Award recipients and thank you to all our PIE partners for truly making a difference in our schools and community.

The 2018 Program of Excellence Award presented to business-education partners C&S Business Services, Inc. and Mid-MO Adult Learning Center (AEL). Congratulations!

C&S Business Services, Inc. and Mid-MO Adult Learning Center were recently presented with the Chamber’s 2018 Partners in Education (PIE) Program of Excellence Award.  This award recognizes the business-school partnership that exemplifies the goals of the program.

The partnership between C&S Business Services, Inc. and Mid-MO Adult Learning Center is a shining example of the benefits to students, businesses and the community when business and schools work together.

This partnership is one that has been a part of the PIE program for a number of years.  However, in 2017, Stepheny Schler began as the new director of Mid-MO ALC and Stephanie Lehmen joined C&S as Community Relations Coordinator, allowing for a fresh start and outlook for the partnership.

C&S regularly visits the classroom to provide students with job market guidance and information.  Also they equip students with job-readiness skills by assisting with resume’ preparation, job application completion and mock interview participation.  Further, C&S provides scholarships to students testing for their high school equivalency test, the HiSET.

This partnership is certainly benefiting the students by building their accomplishments and confidence – and benefiting the community by strengthening our workforce.

Congratulations to C&S Business Services, Inc. and Mid-MO Adult Learning Center.  Thank you for being true Partners in Education.



Previous Years Recipients 

2017 - First Baptist Church and South Elementary School
Alpla of Jefferson City and Lewis & Clark Middle School


2016 - Bartlett & West and Jefferson City High School
First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ and East Elementary School  


2015 - Mid America Bank - Holts Summit and Callaway Hills Elementary School


2014 - River Region Credit Union and Cedar Hill Elementary School 


2013 - William Woods Graduate Studies - Jefferson City Campus and Jefferson City Academic Campus



2012 - Scholastic Inc. and Southwest Early Childhood Center


2011 - Learfield Communications and West Elementary School


2010 - Modine Manufacturing and Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Missouri Department of Conservation
and Lewis & Clark Middle School


2009 - Panera Bread of Jefferson City and Cedar Hill Elementary


2008 -  Alpla of Jefferson City and Lewis & Clark Middle School 
Missouri Department of Transportation and Thomas Jefferson Middle School



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