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October 23, 2018
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale School District Announce Workforce Partnership
Ferndale Futures seeks to prepare students and strengthen economy
Ferndale, WA. The Ferndale School District and Ferndale Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce Ferndale Futures, a new workforce development effort with a mission to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in local and global markets and to strengthen the Greater Ferndale economy.
Project partners at the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and the Ferndale School District are set to launch a first event with Ferndale High School students and local employers on October 30th.
The October 30th event, called Lunch with Leaders, will pair local employers Les Schwab, Gitts Auto Body, Feller HVAC, Gary’s Plumbing, and Lynden Door with thirty Ferndale High School students. Students will be transported to the Ferndale Pavilion where they will enjoy lunch donated by event sponsor Phillips 66 and will rotate through employer led sessions. Each employer will be prepared to talk to students about career development and job shadow opportunities.
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ann Serwold explains why the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce has taken the initiative to move forward with Ferndale Futures. “The future of our economy in the Greater-Ferndale area depends on having employees who are ready for the 21st Century workforce. That readiness starts early. We want kids to start thinking about their career future in 5th and 6th grades. That is why we are so excited about the Ferndale Futures initiative.”
Lunch with Leaders will be the first of several Ferndale Futures events during the 2018-2019 academic year. More information regarding the program and events will be announced at a later date.
Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn echoes Serwold’s enthusiasm for the program. “We want the Ferndale School District to be a great start for every student’s future, and we know students are more motivated in school when they see how their classwork relates to the real-world. Therefore, we want to connect them to real-world employers who can help them envision possible future careers and provide relevance to their school experience. Ferndale Futures has so much potential. We are grateful for the Ferndale Chamber’s leadership as we move forward together.”