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New foundation created to build business partnerships

New foundation created to build business partnerships
Posted on 04/16/2019
Arlington Community Schools is excited to announce the formation of the Arlington Education Business Partnerships (EBP), a new foundation designed to develop partnerships between ACS and businesses in Arlington, Memphis and surrounding communities.

“Our future workforce is made up of the children sitting in our classrooms today, and we must do everything we can to see that they’re prepared,” said David Pickler, a local businessman, past president of the National School Boards Association and current chairman of the Arlington EBP. “This foundation connects the business community to our schools to ensure students are prepared for college, the workforce or technical training after high school.”

The mission of the Arlington EBP is "Investing in our children. Growing our community.," and that starts with building upon the quality of education offered in Arlington. Partnerships forged through the EBP will help determine what skills the future workforce in our region will need, explore and identify internships for high school students, raise funds for innovative academic programs and develop community-wide support for Arlington schools.

Arlington Chamber of Commerce Director Tonia Howell, a board member of the EBP, said the foundation will also look to business leaders to help bolster academic programs with industry knowledge.

“Businesses are choosing Arlington and Shelby County, and they’re coming to town with expertise in a variety of fields,” Howell said. “The EBP allows us to tap into that knowledge to see what trends are emerging and incorporate it into ACS curriculum.”

Region-wide listening tour to be held

Arlington EBP’s first event will be a listening tour for regional businesses so leaders can discuss the skills students need to have when they exit high school. Community and business leaders will also tour the academic programs already offered at AHS. The listening tour and panel discussion will be held at Arlington High School on May 6, 2019 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

“The world our students are stepping into is rapidly changing, so it’s more important than ever to make sure we’re addressing the needs of every child,” said ACS Superintendent Tammy Mason. “We think this foundation will be a great way to boost our academic programs and make sure we’re preparing our kids for future jobs, whether they’re college or career bound.”

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, Baptist Hospital Vice President of Government Affairs Keith Norman and H.Saga Founder and CEO Bob Wilson are also members of the Arlington EBP Board.

The Arlington Education Business Partnerships is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has an Executive Board. The foundation serves Arlington Community Schools.