(L to R) Greg Dowell, School Board Chair, Brand Day, Williamsburg Landing, Susan Bowe and Amber Price, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Kimberley Hundley, School Board Member
Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Schools recognized three valued business partners named to the Virginia School Boards Association 2023 Business Honor Roll. During the April 18 school board meeting, the following three organizations were honored for their contributions to WJCC Schools and students: Printpack, Sentara, and Williamsburg Landing.
These organizations demonstrate a longstanding commitment to providing engaging educational opportunities to staff and students that strengthen our entire community. Through their generous support, students gain exposure to experts in their field, innovative career options, and enrichment experiences to fuel their passions. Our community is stronger because of these organizations’ ongoing collaboration.
For over 60 years, Sentara’s Junior Volunteer Program has given thousands of WJCC Schools students insights into a variety of health care careers. The latest partnership, Health Careers Day, allows students to tour various Sentara departments, learn about health care career pathways, and hear from a panel of experts. Sentara is represented on the School Board’s Career Advisory Committee, provides speakers for dual enrollment health care classes, and participates in events such as our high school Career Connections Fair.
Printpack has been a consistent participant since the inception of Manufacturing Day in 2014. Through their involvement, students are well-informed about the diverse careers in manufacturing. Printpack has a history of hiring high school seniors for part-time work while still in school and transitioning them to full-time career positions upon graduation. Last year, Printpack participated in WJCC Schools inaugural hiring event for graduating seniors intending to immediately enter the workforce.
Over the last three years, Williamsburg Landing, a continuing care retirement community with comprehensive on-site health services, has served as the clinical site provider for nurse aide students enrolled in the dual enrollment program. This arrangement enables students to observe care providers and apply the nursing skills learned in classrooms in a real world and supporting setting. Williamsburg Landing has also actively participated in our Mock Interview Event and Career Connections Fair.
About Virginia School Boards Association
Virginia School Boards Association promotes excellence in public education through leadership, advocacy and services. Learn more about the Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll and see the full 2023 listing at this website.