Community High School District 94

326 Joliet Street, West Chicago IL 60185

Contact:  Mary Randle's email, 630/876-6556
Community Relations Coordinator


May 13, 2005

CHS Business Partners and Staff Honored at DuPage Area
Education to Careers Awards Luncheon

Several of Community High School's business partners were honored recently at the DuPage Area Education to Careers Power of Partnerships Awards Luncheon. GVW Parts in West Chicago received special recognition for Outstanding Business Partnership as a business-training site for CHS students. They have hosted eight students in three departments: warehouse, data entry and clerical. Steve Connor, Dave Abata and Steve Hahn accepted the award on behalf of GVW Parts.

The Caterpillar plant in Aurora was also recognized as an Outstanding Business Partner. Caterpillar has served as a field trip site by Paul Junkroski's Technical Drawing classes for the past 15 years. Caterpillar has instituted an Education to Careers Program in which students are not only employed but also receive full scholarships to any community college. Michelle Stefan from Caterpillar accepted the award.

The Food and Fit Program at Community High School was recognized as an Outstanding integrated curriculum program. CHS staff members Patty Clifford, Amy Gibson and Kris Hasty were honored as well as Whole Foods Market for this program. Nutrition is a key part of the Food and Fit program. As part of the curriculum, Whole Foods grocery facility hosts an on-site classroom presentation and tour for Food and Fit students. Kathy Kunzer accepted the award on behalf of Whole Foods.

The West Chicago and Winfield Chambers of Commerce were also honored for their long-lasting business education partnerships with Community High School. The West Chicago Chamber has had a partnership with the school for the past twelve years. This year the Chamber had high participation at Partnership events such as the Future Business Leaders of American Breakfast with the Chambers. Four Chamber members serve on the school's Business Community Partnership committee, while three served on the Youth in Business and Industry Day subcommittee. This year they charted new ground by establishing a liaison position for a CHS student who worked at the Chamber office 5 to 8 hours a week and participated in a variety of Chamber events.

The Winfield Chamber of Commerce has had a partnership with the school for the past eight years. Two of their chamber members served on the school's Business Community Partnership Committee. Several members attended the FBLA Breakfast with the Chambers event. The Chamber assists with placement of students for Youth in business and Industry Day. They were also instrumental in helping to broker a continuing partnership between the high school and Central DuPage Hospital a few years ago.

The awards luncheon was held on May 4, 2005 at The Abbingdon in Glen Ellyn and was hosted by DuPage Area Education to Careers and Technical Preparation.

"We are very grateful for the support and participation of our business partners," said CHS Principal John Highland. "They provide valuable resources for our students and staff. It's good to see them receive recognition for their contributions," he added.

Cass Streicher is chair of Community High School's Business/Community Partnership committee. Streicher is being honored as an Ambassador for Education by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.



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