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Education & Workforce Development

Chair, Cindy Bailey - UW Green Bay - Marinette Campus

<cynthia.bailey@uwc.edu>

The mission of the chamber's Education & Workforce Development Committee 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 following programs/initiatives are presented by the Education & Workforce Development committee:

Achievement in Education Awards

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 individual or educational program, and a Menominee County K-12 individual or educational program.  The nominations 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 at the Chamber office and must be submitted by April 1st. The winners are presented their awards at the Chamber's annual dinner and awards celebration in May.

Click Here for the nomination form

Marinette Menominee Chamber Honors
2020 “Achievement in Education” recipient Lisa Cole

In a year filled with constant change and uncertainty one thing has remained consistent, the creativity and dedication of our area educators. One shining example of this is the Chamber’s 2020 “Achievement in Education” award recipient Lisa Cole, Stephenson Area Public Schools, Menominee.

Lisa’s devotion in providing education in subject matter and the emotional support that is so important in learning was highlighted. Lisa’s nomination for this award was submitted by co-worker Lynda Putnam. “Her ability to have an impact on the entire district; students, staff and community, exemplifies the passion and level of commitment our educators provide on a daily basis”.

The Chamber salutes and thanks Ms. Cole and all of our area educators, you’re the best! We wish you great success in the coming 2020-2021 school year!

Special thanks to Lynda Putnam, nominator, for her help in presenting Lisa with the award in absence of our normal award dinner ceremony.

 

Career Opportunities Expo`

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

Two scholarships are given out each year to graduating students that plan on attending a Michigan or Wisconsin public or private college/technical college; one from Marinette County and one from Menominee County high schools. The Education & Workforce Development Scholarship Committee anonymously reviews 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 at the Chamber office or on-line and submissions must be postmarked by April 1st.  The winners are presented with their scholarships at their school's award ceremony in spring.

Click here for the application form

Chamber of Commerce Foundation "Manufacturing" Scholarships

The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber Foundation will award scholarships to be given to a graduating high school student and/or community member from Marinette County and Menominee County that plan on attending a Michigan or Wisconsin public or private college/technical college, and are enrolled in classes in the manufacturing sector areas of welding, machining (CNC), electro mechanical, industrial maintenance and fabrication.  The Education & Workforce Development Scholarship Committee anonymously reviews all submissions.  The group determines winners based on involvement in school/workplace and community, as well as their essay submissions. Application packets are available at the Chamber office or on-line and submissions must be postmarked by April 1st.  The winners are presented with their scholarships at their school's award ceremony in spring.

Click here for the application form

H.V. Higley Scholarships

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 scholarships to Marinette High School graduating students.  The Education & Workforce Development 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 at the Chamber office or on-line and submissions must be postmarked by April 1st.  The winners are presented with their scholarships at their school's award ceremony in spring.

Click here for the application form

Life Skills / Game of Life Expo`

A one-day game of life for 8th graders, held at the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus. 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 Business World

This is an annual business simulation game for high school juniors and seniors from 7 area school districts. The one-day program, held at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, gives students a taste of what it is like to run a large business. Students learn about financing, accounting, production schedules, marketing, human resources and other challenges faced 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.