Winona Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 Committee Plan

Committee Name: Business/Education Network (BEN)

Committee Chairman: Corey Hancock

Committee Purpose Statement: To develop our community’s future workforce by providing students with a deeper understanding of career opportunities and aligning skills with current workforce needs; engaging employers directly with students, education and training providers; and better aligning programs and curriculum to the realities of the Minnesota economy.

Main objectives

  • Improve the ability to recruit a skilled and able local workforce
  • Partner with MN Chamber to meet the expectations of the Bush Foundation Grant
  • Provide an avenue for area businesses and educational institutions to effectively work together and understand each other’s needs and processes
  • Maintain a committee structure that is inclusive and encourages collaboration between all three higher education institutions, K-12 educators and business leaders.
  • Continue to pursue heightened engagement from more schools in the area
  • Assure that tracking is in place to measure impact for all projects

Committee Projects/Activities for 2018-19:

  • Provide “CEO in the Classroom” for 8th grade students throughout area
  • Expand “Life After High School” presentations in 11th grade classrooms
  • Host Career Exploration Expo in November 2018 for area sophomores. Expand number of participating schools to a new total of 18.
  • Enhance resources and encourage use of  Hot Jobs Cool Companies website
  • Expand REACH program at WSHS
  • Hot Jobs Cool Companies – Health and Human Services Careers video and GIS map
  • Teacher in the Workplace – summer 2018

Budget Considerations:

  • Work with MN Chamber to manage expenses and revenues connected to Business Education Networks/Bush Grant activities
  • Pursue grants and local partners for funding of REACH initiative,
  • Assure that projects not create a net loss for the Winona Chamber.
  • Explore feasibility of updating and expanding Hot Jobs Cool Companies


Contact: Della Schmidt