Elkin High School’s Business Advisory Council meeting is quickly becoming an annual tradition. Now in its third year, the lunch/meeting brings business professionals and students together four times a year.
The event was designed to bring locals together with students to broaden the students’ horizons and keep business leaders up to date on events happening at the high school.
Kali Teague said the group was drawn from past participators and new businesses that have opened since then - like Papa John’s in Elkin that opened earlier this year.
“This is a group of local business people that we have a database of. We send out invitations and they came,” Teague said. She said the group stays pretty stable from year to year.
Many of the local businesses were represented at the Elkin High-hosted lunch. Foods II advanced students cooked a cheesy potato soup for the event and waited on groups seated around the foods lab.
The potatoes were donated by the school’s environmental club, hand-grown in the school’s garden.
Local business members sat with at least one student per table. Discussions ranged from student life to professional development.
But it’s not just about teaching the students.
“I try to have students talk to them, to learn about the things we’re doing in the high school,” CTE director Barbara Long said. This year included representatives from the school’s administration to help further the message about Elkin City Schools’ STEAM initiative.
“We keep them informed so they can go out and be ambassadors for us, but we also ask for their help for tours and to help with senior projects,” Long said.
Following the lunch the group moved to Mr. McCulloch’s room down the hall for a special presentation by the students.
Members of HOSA talked about their different experiences to the professionals. FCCLA members told of their recent trip to Nashville for a national meeting. Camp Med attendees told of their time spent with real medical personnel and the lessons learned from it.
The whole meeting was seen as an opportunity to meet with students and help introduce them to the world they will enter after their schooling ends.
Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Claire Sellars said the lunch period gave business leaders a chance to work hand-in-hand with educators to create a more prepared workforce.
“I was honored to be part of the Business Advisory Council,” Sellars said. “It’s a chance to work with our schools and out administrators and teachers to help shape the education our students get.”
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