To promote the growth of the education sector in the Ogden-Weber area, the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce has created the Partners in Education committee. This committee has members from businesses and educational facilities alike, making it a unique coalition that can speak for the community.
Partners in Education strives to connect local businesses with community schools so they can establish mutually beneficial partnerships. Both can benefit from receiving aid from each other. And, as members from both parts of the community come together, the community will naturally grow stronger.
Partners in Education hosts meetings regularly on the third Tuesday of every month. At these meetings, the committee discusses upcoming events going on in the school district, the local legislation, and the community, so attending as often as possible is important. To assist community members in making connections with schools, Partners in Education also occasionally hosts school tours at these meetings, which are then opened up to the public. These tours provide insights into local schools and highlights possible partnerships the schools may have available.
Each year in April, the Partners in Education committee hosts an appreciation breakfast for its partners. At this breakfast, partners are recognized for their contributions.
Awards are divided into five categories:
- Elementary Partner
- Secondary Partner
- Community Partner
- Charter School Partner
- Our Champion Award
The Sue Westenskow Award is awarded to an individual or an organization in recognition of the efforts and accomplishments for their service in the area. Recipients must meet the guidelines below:
- Show sustained contribution to education which has gone above and beyond their normal job description.
- Impact of influence must reach across the whole of Weber/Ogden districts including public and/or private schools.
- Show a considerable effort to enriching student experiences outside of the traditional educational setting and must promote lifelong learners.
All schools are considered in the Partners in Education committee, from the smallest elementary schools to Weber State University. Every one of the schools is valuable to the community and will be given ample opportunity to express its opinions during the committee meetings.
Becoming a Member of Partners in Education
In order to encourage the growth of the committee and to more efficiently connect the schools and businesses in the Ogden-Weber area, there is no additional fee for joining this committee. The only requirement is that Committee members must be Chamber members.
If you, members of your school community, or your business is interested in being part of the committee and encouraging the growth of education in the Ogden-Weber area, contact the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce today at (801) 621-8300!