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Business Goes to School event brings business leaders and students together

A group of Paso Robles business leaders spent Tuesday morning at Paso Robles High School, where they met with principal Randall Nelson and members of his faculty for an overview of the school before student “tour guides” led the group to view numerous classrooms throughout the campus. Arranged by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, this Business Goes to School  event was part of a long-term program bringing together education and business to work on workforce and job skills issues that affect our young people and the local economy.

As with the first Business Goes To School event invitations were sent to business people whose companies represented one of the 10 career pathways identified in a recent grant to San Luis Obispi county schools. Also represented was the Paso Robles city government, with the attendance of Mayor Steve Martin and Councilman Steve Gregory. Martin said, “I was very impressed by the range and depth of instructional programs at the high school. I don’t think many of our residents are aware of them and will be working to help correct that in the future. Hats off to the high school, the district and the students involved in these programs.”

Holiday Inn Express general manager John Arnold said, “I was really surprised how receptive the entire staff, teachers and students were… I went from seeing students discussing the Great Gatsby to students examining cats to seeing students welding and gardening and everything in between. As a business man in this city and as a father of a Paso high freshman, it gave me a greater appreciation for the school.”

Business Goes To School is a program created through the joint efforts of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development Pam Avila said, “There is a significant connection between high quality schools and a workforce with the skills needed to keep our economy strong. This event enables business leaders to see for themselves that our schools are doing a great job of preparing our young people to be not only skilled workers but wonderful contributing members of our community.”

Don Idler, president of Idlers Home said, “I found the students that assisted us to be very professional and just nice to be around. Entering the classrooms I found students and teachers engaged in ways that I never knew possible. The ‘Skills USA’ program is what I am most impressed with and now I see just how important this program is in developing our young people.”

The next “Business Goes to School” is already scheduled for September 2015. For more information, contact Pam Avila at (805) 238-0506.

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