Education and Business Partnership
The mission of the chamber's Education & Business Partnership is "to help promote and support business and education connections by organizing events to learn, share, and create an awareness and appreciation of what our communities offer."
The group meets at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. While many meetings take place at the chamber, others are held at area schools or businesses.
Lloyd Cook of Farmers and Merchants Bank & Trust is the group's chairman. Lloyd himself is an educator, as he teaches accounting and computer applications at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
The following programs/initiatives are presented by the Education & Business Partnership:
Achievement in Education Awards - Jennifer Schnurer, Chair
Our Chamber developed these awards to highlight individuals or program that help to enhance the education of area youth within the Marinette/Menominee communities. Awards are given annually and may include - a Marinette County K-12 educator, a Menominee County K-12 educator and a Marinette or Menominee program from an organization other than K-12. The nominations may include but are not limited to: significant contributions to education; leadership; enthusiasm and interests; and how the individual or program affected those involved. Two letters of support are required for each nomination. Nomination packets are available March 1st and are due at the Chamber office (or postmarked) by April 1st. The winners are presented their awards at the annual awards dinner in May.
Career Opportunities Expo` - Amy Bretl & Jenny Short, Co-Chairs
This half-day event introduces 10th grade students to careers, career ladders and community role models. Students attend three of 11 moderated "career cluster" panels which are comprised of 4 to 5 individuals who are engaged in careers in that cluster. Students preselect their top career interests and attend those panels that closely match their interests. These high school sophomores then have time in their remaining two years of high school to better plan and prepare for their career choices.
Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarships - Jennifer Schnurer, Chair
Two scholarships are given out each year to graduating seniors; one from Marinette County and one from Menominee County high schools. The Education and Business Partnership Scholarship Committee anonymously review all submissions. The group determines winners based on involvement in school and community during all four years of high school, as well as their essay submissions. Application packets are available March 1st and are due at the Chamber office (or postmarked) by April 1st. The winners are presented their awards at their school's award ceremony.
H.V. Higley Scholarships - Jennifer Schnurer, Chair
The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce is the host of the H.V. Higley Scholarship. The Higley family established an endowment which awards two different scholarships to Marinette High School graduating seniors. The Education and Business Partnership Scholarship Committee anonymously reviews all submissions. The group determines winners based on involvement in school and community activities during all four years of high school, as well as their essay submission. Application packets are available March 1st and are due at the Chamber office (or postmarked) by April 1st. The winners are presented their awards at the Marinette High School award ceremony.
Life Skills / Game of Life Expo` - Leo Hodlofski, Chair
A one-day game of life for 8th graders, held at UW-Marinette in March. The "game" gives kids a sneak preview of life's financial challenges. After selecting a career and imagining life at the age of 29 (with the assistance of their school counselors) students spend the day at the Expo` making decisions on how to spend their monthly income: they select and make payments on a house (including utilities, taxes and insurance) make car and insurance payments, buy groceries, pay the phone bill, etc. For most participants, it's an eye-opening experience. Area businesses – realtors, insurance agents, grocers, car dealers and others – participate in the effort, helping kids learn.
Mini Businss World - Cindy Bailey, Chair
This is an annual business simulation game for high school juniors and seniors from 7 area school districts. The two-day program, held at UW-Marinette and made possible by a partnership with KS Kolbenschmidt US Inc., gives students a taste of what it is like to run a large business. Students learn about financing, accountability, production schedules, marketing, human resources and other challenges when running a business. Business ethics and environmental stewardship are emphasized through presentations and skits, led by a business advisor volunteering from within the community. Each year the program serves 30-36 students.
New Educator Welcome - Michell Hampton, Chair
This welcoming committee puts together materials for all of the new educators within the area's educational systems - Public, Parochial, along with Post-Secondary. Donations from a variety of businesses within our community are collected, compiled and distributed as a token of appreciation and welcoming. The "swag bags" are personally delivered in September to the schools where the new educators are employed.