Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber meeting to feature Great Oaks, WHS students

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WILMINGTON — The Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of commerce is proud to welcome Harry Snyder, President and CEO of Great Oaks Career Campuses, as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Annual Meeting on Friday, April 12.

In line with the chamber’s ongoing collaborative economic development work with other entities throughout the county, Snyder will discuss the role of Great Oaks Career Campuses in the community and as a force for economic development. He will emphasize the importance of partnerships with business in order to offer high-quality career education and training that prepares graduates for the current and future needs of the regional workforce.

Snyder will also detail plans regarding the future of Great Oaks’ fastest-growing campus, Laurel Oaks Career Campus in Wilmington, where a $25-30 million construction and renovation project will begin in June and provide space for students and new programs.

In addition to hearing from the featured speaker, thanks to the generosity of the Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, guests at the luncheon will also have the chance to meet students from Laurel Oaks and from Wilmington High School’s “Project Lead the Way” Engineering Class.

“We’re very excited to welcome the students,” said Dessie Rogers, Executive Director of the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce. “Not only will the students be able to meet and mingle with members of our business community, but they will also be providing educational displays of their programs and projects so that the community can learn more about what they are studying and how it can be applied to today’s business world. It is truly an opportunity to see workforce development in action.”

This is just one of the ways the chamber works to strengthen the ties between local businesses and educational institutions. In recent weeks the chamber hosted an open house for “Project Lead the Way” students and took Wilmington High School seniors on tours of local businesses.

In addition, Rogers sits on numerous business advisory councils around the county, which focus on workforce development and education.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road. Reservations are required by the close of business on Thursday, April 4.

Individual seats are $30 each for chamber members, $35 for non-members, with a few full tables (eight seats) still available for $220 for chamber members, or $260 for non-members.

Reservations can be made online by visiting www.wccchamber.com or by calling the office at 937-382-2737.

The Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the Premium Sponsor for the event.



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