Over the last three years, the Chamber has enjoyed a valuable partnership with the MSD of Martinsville, assisting with Cool Coding Week, CoderDojo – the free coding club for kids, career showcases, manufacturing tours, all with the goal of preparing our youth for a successful future.  At our August luncheon meeting, Martinsville Chamber members and guests learned about the PRIDE and Parallel Pathways programs being introduced to students in the MSD of Martinsville this school year.  we are excited about the potential of the PRIDE & Parallel Pathways programs. These programs will be most successful if the business community is fully engaged with the schools, so we invited the folks who are making it happen to join us.  Thank you to our panel for sharing their vision and their hopes for the future leaders of our community.  Joining us were: Ed Kominowski, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Morgan County; Bill Blaschke, Founder of W. K. Blaschke & Associates and CFMC board member; Dr. Michele Moore, Superintendent of the MSD of Martinsville and Tim Dearlove,  MHS Business Dept. teacher, Director of Internships and Director of the Artesian PRIDE program.

Kudos to our lunch sponsor, Comcast Business, and our lunch provider, Heavenly Helpings, for a delicious lunch!  Thanks to our generous door prize donors:  Merry Mac Players, WCBK, Waldon IT Solutions and the Morgan County Farmers’ Market!

Check out the links below to learn why the Chamber feels like this programming will be transformational to our community!

Community Letter re Parallel Pathways & PRIDE

The Artesian PRIDE program is modeled after a similar program in the Greater Clark County Schools. Recently, GCCS superintendent,  Dr. Andrew Melin, addressed a large group of Morgan County educators and community leaders.  Here is his presentation:  GCCS PRIDE Presentation – Morgan County Leadership – June 19 2017.

Listen to the panel discussion of how these programs will be implemented in our schools.