By Mark DiMaio
Andy Williams famously sang about “the most wonderful time of the year” and of course he was crooning about the holiday season but here at the State Chamber, The Delaware Principal for a Day Program is “the most wonderful time of the year”. Maybe a little over the top but not really for a program that started in 1993 and over the past ten years has facilitated over 1,400 school visits by Delaware’s business leaders. This year’s “wonderful time” happens from October 12th to October 16th.
The Delaware Principal for a Day Program recognizes a need to foster working relationships between business leaders, educators and schools. The State Chamber, through its affiliate The Partnership, Inc. created this program to provide CEOs and business leaders an opportunity to spend the day in a Delaware school carrying out the daily responsibilities of a principal. Business leaders and elected officials participate in the Program for many and varied reasons, but ultimately the goal is to build a closer connection and relationship between school, college and career. This connection provides business leaders the opportunity to meet the next generation of prospective employees and provides a firsthand look at your future workforce. Every year we receive tremendous positive feedback from our participating business leaders and we want to provide an opportunity for anyone who’s interested to participate in 2015. Last year, we had over 130 schools participate and your opportunity to sign up is now.
So far this year, more than 100 schools will open their doors to host a guest principal. Follow the Program on Facebook where participants can share their photos and stories.
Email Kelly Wetzel to participate and make difference for a lifetime.
The Partnership, Inc. was created to promote charitable and educational activities by developing and fostering programs that private sector involvement in workforce development and education. We all know that the future of Delaware depends on the foundation we build in our schools today.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.