February Theme for Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary: Business and Community Partnerships with High Schools

Partnership Puzzle Concept 150x150 1This month’s #FCCC100 theme explores the ways we can partner with Franklin County public and private high schools. We will host a special breakfast panel with school representatives and businesses, hold a workshop on specific related opportunities available, feature a school – community resource page on our website, along with other activities.

Breakfast Panel
The February 22nd breakfast will feature a panel of education and business representatives from the public and private sector, who will highlight school-business partnerships that are vital to the cultural health and economic diversity of our region.

The panel, moderated by Shannon Doran, the Connecting Activities School-to-Career Coordinator from MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board, will include:
Yogesh Malik, Premier Banker & Infinex Investment Executive at Greenfield Savings Bank
Jocelyn Croft, Coordinator of Vocational and Technical Education at Franklin County Technical School (FCTS)
Stephanie Luebbers, Head of School at Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Colleen Moynihan, New England Business Association (NEBA)
• Rebecca Bannasch, the Employer Partnership Specialist Community Action Youth Programs

In particular, professionals will gain insight into how they can collaborate with schools and community partners to co-create a workforce that has the employability and technical skills needed in today's workplace. As important as employer engagement is for the growth and success of in-school youth, it has a correlating impact on the growth and success of the local and state economy. Whether you are or are not hiring youth or collaborating with schools on career development education, please come be a part of this conversation and the solution. This topic is chock full of hope and potential for our region.

Thanks to our breakfast sponsor - MassHire Franklin Hampshire Regional Workforce Board and Greenfield Savings Bank.

Stay After Workshop - How to Create a Win-Win Youth Internship (or Job)
Happening directly after the breakfast, this workshop is designed to serve as a practical "nuts and bolts" follow-up to the breakfast panel for professionals who are interested in creating win-win internships for youth - short or long-term, paid or unpaid. Please join us if you would like to identify next steps, learn about useful tools, and get direct support in developing internships.

During this workshop, professionals will learn about services available to employers working with youth. They will also be introduced to a number of time saving and quality increasing tools. This includes the easy-to-use MA Work-Based Learning Plan (WBLP), which has been used to design and evaluate thousands of youth internships and jobs across the state. Participants will also get some examples of highly teachable, easy-to-delegate entry-level technical skills that can be included in internship/job descriptions. Furthermore, employers will get a quick introduction to employer resources at www.fhyouth.org as well as other useful online resources.

At the end of the workshop, Shannon will be available to provide assistance with next steps and/or scheduling a (free) youth internship consultation. RSVP for this workshop here.

“Our Chamber membership is one of the important ways that we place value on our relationships with other business owners and with our community. “ Bruce Lessels, Zoar Outdoor
“Chamber membership helps keep my staff in contact with the local business community through their seminars and events.” – Michael Tucker, Greenfield Cooperative Bank
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