How is the Chamber involved in education and why?
The Chamber has been an active partner in local, Livingston Parish education for decades. What started as a decades long running scholarship program, completely revamped in 2020, has grown into a direct opportunity to make an impact in developing student careers, student leadership and community engagement. Because of the fast changes in the workplace, it is more important than every to have business and education partnering thus the reason for this initiative.
Advancing the Economy in Livingston Parish
At the Chamber, we know education and infrastructure are the top ways to continue advancing the economy in Livingston Parish. That is why the Chamber has invested untold hours, both administrative and through our dedicated volunteers, to bring awareness and engagement to this important area of our Livingston Parish. Chambers are an important part of convening and collaborating on local education issues with the business community. Across the US. Chambers are the conduit and that has been the case here at the Livingston Parish Chamber.
How is the Chamber's Education Program funded?
The Student Career Programming is funded fully by the Business Community | Members of the Chamber. Administrative costs of the program are paid for through the members who invest in the Chamber of Commerce for not only their individual business needs, but the business community and the community collectively.
Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Education Funds are dedicated to an education/business partnership fund which the Chamber administrates. Current initiatives include a program which prepares students with career ready training through business collaboration.
What about the Education Committee?
The Education Committee is comprised of business community chamber members who are dedicated to implementing the education programming.
Click here to learn more about or join the Business & Education Partnership Committee.
The Chamber’s Education Committee's purpose is to highlight and further develop a Business & Education Partnership. Education partnerships are vitally important to the business community, and the Chamber’s leadership and facilitation of collaborative programming promotes this. The Education Committee carries out the Chamber's Program of Work (Business Plan)with a goal of solving business problems, connecting students with community and assisting in preparing students for gainful employment.
School Board Meeting Participation: Committee members are rotated to attend and report on LPPS board meetings.
Student Interactive Programming: This portion of the programming allows for student interaction with the business community. As suggested, this programming does provide for a more direct approach of working with students. In 2015, the Chamber launched and tested a new program which received high marks by all involved including participating students, school chaperons and the business owners who dedicated their valuable time. Programming included:
- Student Business : Leadership Conferences
- Team building, ethics, job interview preparation
- Finding the job that fits and how to go about preparing for that career
- Community Pride - how your community really works and ways to be a good citizen
- Student / Business Mentoring and Shadowing - As suggested, students are matched with business leaders to shadow for a day. Mentoring programs are also in the works and assist students in finding the right career choice and the path necessary to pursue that career.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? WHAT ARE THE TASKS OF THE COMMITTEE?
Chamber member representatives are invited to sign up to be a part of the committee. There are varying levels of commitment to the committee in response to the busy schedules of our business professionals on the committee. Committee members share an interest in support of the Chamber’s collaboration with the local school system. Members of the committee's leadership meet monthly to keep the committee and goals on track. For those with cannot meet monthly, we can include you the varying tasks of the committee including:
- Participating in the one day program
- Mentoring and / or shadowing student program
- Assisting with resources for the committee needs
- Sponsoring the program
Funding for Education Initiatives is through the generosity of the local business community who contribute directly to the designated funds. Please contact the Chamber if you would like to be a participate in the program.
Join the Education Committee - Meets the 2nd Friday of most months - 8:30 a.m.
Please see here, and fill out the form on the page.
Committee Members: Front row: Marianne McDonald - TWRU CPA's, Shannon Bernard, Committee Chair, Stacy Polozola - LPPS liaison, Terri Jackson - Sweet Rolls of Denham Springs Back row: Kurt Williams - Daycare owner, Sherry Mely - Bancorp South, Darlene Shingular - Neighbors Federal Credit Union, Amie Barton - Regions Bank, Larry Daigle - North Oaks Health System. Not pictured - Heidi Wendt - Oshsner, Mike Cotton - City of Walker
Plan of action on Education Partnerships
Upcoming plans for Business & Education Partnerships.
Engage business and students through our annual Student Career Conference. Started in 2015 and in our 4th year, with a break during the flood, we have interacted with over 600 students and provided them valuable information on career choices and knowing what employers are looking for. Schools included have been Springfield High School, Holden High School, Maurepas High School, Albany High School, Doyle High School. French Settlement High School.
The conference achieves the following objectives:
- Provides students an overview of soft skills employers seek.
- Promotes all career paths to students.
- Connects students to business leaders.
- Recognized businesses who support these partnerships financially.