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 Livingston Parish 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.
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.