Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale School District Continue Workforce Partnership with March 26th Event

Students and business leader at Lunch with Leaders Event

The Ferndale School District and Ferndale Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the second Lunch with Leaders event. Lunch with Leaders is part of a new workforce development effort called Ferndale Futures 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. Event info:


Tuesday, March 26th 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM Pioneer Pavilion

Featured Employers:  

Alcoa, Timken, Samson Rope, Healthy Pet and Northstar Woodworks 

The first Lunch with Leaders event took place on October 30th 2018. The event featured local employers Les Schwab, Gitts Auto Body, Feller HVAC, Gary’s Plumbing, and Lynden Door with lunch donated by event sponsor Phillips 66.

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.”  

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.”