Learn more about the challenges facing educators as a means of

strengthening ties between the business and education communities

Business and community leaders from throughout the Santa Maria Valley will once again spend a morning at a local school site to learn more about education.  The annual event will be held on March 9, and is cosponsored by the Santa Maria Valley Industry Education Council and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau.  School principals are partnered with Chamber representatives to learn more about the challenges facing educators, and as a means of strengthening ties between the business and education communities.

Chamber members may visit classrooms, discuss current trends or assist with student recognition programs.  Every campus offers a different experience, and many Chamber members have visited multiple school sites to gain a broader understanding of private and public school issues.  By becoming informed about our schools, we are all better able to support teachers in their efforts to educate our community’s youth.

Business leaders also share their expertise with principals who enjoy hearing about other professional fields.  Managers and employers share information about hiring trends, training needs, and job opportunities.  They often share career information with students, and can talk with classes about success in the workplace.  It is this exchange of information that makes the Principal For a Day program so successful.

The Principal for a Day event was first held 20 years ago and it continues to be a popular activity for both the school principals and the Chamber members.   All schools are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Participants will spend the morning at a school site, and then everyone will meet at the Elks Lodge for the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting.  A highlight of the Principal For a Day activity is the opportunity to discuss the challenges and successes that occur every day throughout our schools.

The meeting’s agenda will also include a Computer Connections distribution to some deserving students who will receive a complete computer package.  The Computer Connections program was established as a partnership between the Chamber and the Industry Education Council in an effort to assist children who do not have access to technology.  To date, the program has distributed more than 150 computers to needy students.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the Principal For a Day event and the Chamber luncheon on March 9.  Reservations to visit a school can be made by filling out this form. For questions, about the program, call Peggy Greer at 349-0443 or email her at peggreer@sbceo.org.  Reservations for the luncheon meeting that follows must be made separately. The cost is $17 per person. You can make those reservations by clicking here. For questions on the luncheon, contact Marcy Lariz at 925-2403 ext. 816 or marcy@santamaria.com.