Chamber Spotlight: Division of Program Development

January 23, 2015

The Chamber has five departments of focus for our strategic plan: Program Development, Public    Affairs, Organizational Development, Tourism, and Business Development. Program Development builds programs and enhances existing programs to meet the needs of our community and Chamber Members.

DSCN0567These programs and services include education and workforce development opportunities for our schools. Our Community and Program Development Director, Lisa Morales, is engaged in current Job Shadowing and Career Mentorship Programs with the local school systems, and we are planning a Career EXPO for all 8th Graders in Calhoun County, March 10th through the 12th.

The Chamber also partners area businesses, who want to invest in education, with area schools.DSCN2123 The purpose of the Adopt-A-School program is to utilize the vast amounts of human resources and talents of our area business community to strengthen, enhance and enrich the quality of education in the 36 public schools and six private schools within our county. The adopter businesses initiate activities that encourage students, enrich their educational experiences and connect the world of work to the educational arena. Adopt-A-School is a commitment of time, energy and expertise of a business to an individual school, and not just a recurring monetary donation.get linked pic

The Chamber also partners with local higher education entities, like Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College, to promote local internship opportunities and employers through Internships.com. Semi-Annually, the Chamber hosts a Get Linked event for local college students to ask questions and meet local business experts and professionals.

Team Building Group PhotoThe Chamber’s Program Development Division also organizes Leadership Calhoun County, a program of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, designed to prepare and build upon leadership resources within our entire county, with each year’s class comprised of leaders and emerging leaders. LCC accepts applications each spring, with class meetings beginning in the fall and graduating in May.

The Goals of Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) include:

  • To motivate participants to achieve their leadership potential
  • To bring together participants and current leaders to discuss the present and future direction of Calhoun County
  • To prepare participants as effective professionals by sharpening their leadership skills
  • To challenge participants to greater involvement through volunteer roles in the community
  • To examine programs and agencies that currently operate within Calhoun County
  • To create the opportunity for participants to come to know, respect and establish a rapport with each other

There is also a Youth Leadership Calhoun County (YLCC) program that identifies high YLCC 2014 Orientation Group Photoschool juniors who demonstrate leadership potential and concern for their community. Applications for YLCC are accepted during each summer, with guidance counselors and principals nominating YLCC participants.

Whether you’re a small business seeking to build skills or connect with you community, or an industry willing to partner with local schools for Workforce Development, there are programs to serve all members, no matter the size.

For more information on these opportunities, contact Lisa Morales at 256-237-3536 or via email at lisam@calhounchamber.com.

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