THE RESORT AT GLADE SPRINGS

Education Committee

Southern West Virginia Education Gateway





Career Day Essay Awards



Following the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee “Career Day” every year students are asked by their teachers to write an essay about their experience at the event and what they learned about the career opportunities and what career they might be thinking about for the future.   The Education Committee reviews the essays and selects winners from each school that participates in Career Day.  The Essay Awards Reception gives us the chance to recognize our students in front of their parents, teachers and community.

Thank You Essay Awards Reception Sponsors:


Chick-fil-A, Beckley
City National Bank
Laurel Lodge Enterprises
Little General Stores
Raleigh General Hospital
West Virginia University Institute of Technology


Thank You to Pasquale's Italian Restaurant staff for your continued great service and hospitality

Congratulations to Essay Award Winners:




Overall Essay Winner
Isaac Roop (Beckley Stratton Middle School)

Trap Hill Middle School
Emma Jarrell
Dominic Panossian


Shady Spring Middle School
Madison Day
Angelica Taylor


Park Middle School
Carsyn Harris
Rebekah New


Independence Middle School
Chase Bragg
Kayla Shrewsbury


Beckley Stratton Middle School
Isabell Roop
Asya Stewart




Get A Life



BRCCC Education Committee recently participated in WV State Treasurer’s Financial Education
“Get A Life Program” at Beckley Stratton Middle School

Education Committee members and Member business representatives participated in the program as station volunteers in financial areas such as; Insurance, Real Estate, Retail, Auto Sales, Healthcare and Utilities.  Because of the dedication by committee members and business representatives to the program it has been possible for the Treasurer’s Office to bring the “Get A Life Program to all Raleigh County Middle Schools.


The goal of this Get A Life program is to teach West Virginia students about managing personal finances through a fairly fun budget simulation. Students are first given a red card with a job title, family size, and monthly income. The red cards only have jobs available in West Virginia without any post-secondary education (like college or a trade school).

After the students buy a car, house, insurance, groceries, furniture, and gas, they trade in their red card for a green one, but not before the Green Reaper stops by. The Green Reaper hands out “accident” cards. Sometimes a student will get a puppy, other times they get a flat tire, but either way they spend money.

By now, the students are usually in debt, prompting the trade to a green card. The green cards give the students a better job, one only acquired through post-secondary education. When they finish with their green card, they usually have money left over. By demonstrating money management by allowing the students to see how easy it is to fall into debt without personal finance skills, they are better able to comprehend the importance of post-secondary education.



Interactive
The program promotes economic literacy with realistic financial situations and resolution options. It teaches problem-solving skills.

Educational
Get a Life establishes strategies for living within a budget. It helps students understand needs versus wants. It also helps build basic math skills.

Community-Oriented
The simulation encourages participation from local business leaders.

Personal Budget Simulation
Get a Life is a hands-on financial education experience that engages students with realistic family budget scenarios.

The group activity takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and provides students with a series of financial challenges.  By visiting various business stations and managing an expense ledger, students learn to make choices that will affect their financial future.  Participating students walk away with the skills to make better financial decisions. They also learn how higher education will help advance their career goals.




Career Education for Our 8th Graders


For more than 20 years the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Raleigh County Schools and Marquee Cinemas have partnered together to present “Career Day” to all of our Raleigh County 8th Graders to teach them about some of the career opportunities that are available to them here in our community.

The tradition continues this year and we want to thank everyone that participated, attended and volunteered:

We want to thank the students from Beckley Stratton Middle School, Independence Middle School, Park Middle School, Shady Spring Middle School, Trap Hill Middle School and Greater Beckley Christian School for their attentiveness and professionalism during the Career Day Process.


After meeting and talking with the students, Needy Mo Dough knows that all of the students will be well prepared for their first interview and will be ready to “Get A Job”

Each of these many years the Marquee Cinemas, Beckley Galleria 14 staff goes above and beyond their duties to welcome our business representatives and students, and to make sure we have everything we need to help students learn about career opportunities.

Career Day would not be possible without the involvement of many talented business representatives from our area.  A special thank you to all participating businesses for your time and continued support for Career Day:


Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Members
Raleigh County Schools
Marquee Cinemas, Beckley Galleria 14
Appalachian Bible College
Needy Mo Dough
Chick-fil-A, Beckley Galleria
Academy of Careers & Technology
Winterplace Ski Resort
Concord University, Beckley
The Resort at Glade Springs
New River Community and Technical College
STAR USA Federal Credit Union
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Raleigh General Hospital
Valley College, Beckley
New River Gorge National River
School of Harmony
Ameriprise Financial Services, Ray Morton
Linda Sumner
Al Martine

We feel that it is important for students at all grade levels to receive as much education on career opportunities available to them in their own communities.  We appreciate the continuing efforts by our schools and businesses offering a variety of career informational opportunities each year.  We want to express our gratitude to Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce member representatives involved with Career Day 2016.


We are always thankful for the collaborative contribution by our community to educate our future leaders.  Our students rely on knowledge from everyone around them.  Let’s keep teaching them everything we know.

For more information on the Career Day program or to find out how you can get involved please contact BRCCC.




BIG Little Day in ‪Beckley WV‬




Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia opens the new Beckley office with some BIGs & littles from our community. ‪

We hope that you will go by their new office at 104 Wilson Street, Beckley WV (adjacent to Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce office) to find out more about their programs and mentoring opportunities for our area.

Welcome to the neighborhood !



Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia online


Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia on facebook



Students Build Businesses On a Cruise Ship




Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is proud to partner with the Academy of Careers & Technology each school year for the High School Business Symposium.

Held at ACT each year, the Symposium is organized for High School students to learn more about the process of running a business or developing a new one.  Students compete through a fast-paced workshop designed to introduce them to marketing, finances, teamwork and problem solving.

Area business representatives act as the “Board of Directors” (Judges) through the business campaign development.  Students are advised, critiqued and awarded through the stages of the process as they develop a complete business and marketing plan.

We would like to thank all of the participating students for their professional work throughout the Symposium and for creatively developing their business ideas.

Thank You Business Sponsors for your involvement in making the Symposium a success every year:

Sponsors:
Analabs Inc
Concord University
Derm One
Little General Stores
Raleigh General Hospital
University of Charleston


Thank You to our Board of Directors (Judges) representing these participating businesses:

Air Evac Lifeteam Base 121
Appalachian Bible College
Appalachian Power Co
Beckley Events
Big Brothers Big Sisters South Central WV
Bridge Valley Community & Technical College
McDonald’s Raleigh County
Valley College
Women’s Resource Center



Birth of a Business in 5 Hours or Less
By Bill Frye – The Register-Herald Newspaper


Students from all of Raleigh County's high schools came with friends, worked with relative strangers and learned about the intricacies of entrepreneurship Monday at the annual High School Business Symposium.

For approximately 23 years, the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce has helped sponsor the event with Raleigh County Schools and the Academy of Careers and Technology. "The students get hands-on experience on how to run a business," said Ellen Taylor, president and CEO of the chamber. Taylor said that teachers at each of Raleigh County's four public high schools chose students to participate in the symposium. Approximately 84 students were hard at work establishing businesses for a cruise line (the theme for the 2016 symposium). "It's a good program," Taylor said. "It never ceases to amaze me how creative the students get. We're happy as the chamber to partner with ACT and Raleigh County Schools to do this program. We appreciate all of our sponsors as well."

Miles Smith of the Ohio Youth Leadership Association was helping run the show. Smith took part in the symposium when he was a student at Woodrow Wilson High School. Now he is giving back to the program that helped launch his career. Smith said that he was sponsoring the prize for the winning group's business, a scholarship to a free enterprise camp at Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County.

"The symposium instantly makes the students sweat," Smith said. "It's a very competitive environment and gets the participants creative juices flowing." Smith said that no two businesses created throughout the day are the same and students are put into mixed groups, so students may be working with people they have never met. "It gets the students artistic and entrepreneurship minds working together," Smith said. "We want to show students if they imagine it, they can do it. At the end of the day they're going to have an operable business."

Independence junior Nick Kostenko, whose group was developing a virtual reality experience for a cruise ship, said, "I'm here to have fun and get some future business experience."

Groups were working on elaborate plans on who would be attracted to their chosen business, designing business cards and slogans, said Peyton Michaels, a junior at Shady Spring High School.  Michaels’ group was creating an Indiana Jones-themed dinner show for their business. "It's intriguing to talk and work with students from other schools," Michaels said. "You don't see these people every day. It helps the creativity flow."


Students get a full mock business experience from creation, to purchasing property as well as creating advertisements, said Kyle Saunders, Independence High School junior. Saunders' group had founded a Tiki Treats snack bar for their cruise ship business opportunity. Saunders said the symposium does a great job of letting students use skills they've actually learned in an entrepreneurial environment. —  Email: bfrye@register-herald.com; Follow on Twitter @RHFrye

View the High School Business Symposium Photo Album on facebook:
 
Academy of Careers & Technology facebook page:

www.wvact.net




Career Day Essay Awards



A great evening meeting and getting to know the 2016 winners, their families and teachers.

Thank you to our Awards Reception Sponsors
Chick-fil-A, Beckley
New River Community and Technical College
Raleigh General Hospital

Following the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee “Career Day” every year students are asked by their teachers to write an essay about their experience at the event and what they learned about the career opportunities and what career they might be thinking about for the future.
 
The Education Committee reviews the essays and selects winners from each school that participates in Career Day.  The Essay Awards Reception gives us the chance to recognize our students in front of their parents, teachers and community. 





2016 Career Day Essay Award Winners:

Trap Hill Middle School

Alyssa McGhee
Jacob Stover


Shady Spring Middle School

Trinity Bennett
Isaac Bragg


Park Middle School

Talia Cooper
Alexandria Humphrey


Independence Middle School

Makenzie Holley
Tina Morton


Beckley-Stratton Middle School

Alexa Head
Taria Peck
Jonathan Schwitzerlette


Congratulations Jonathan Schwitzerlette, the Overall Essay Winner and all the other winners for their writing efforts following Career Day.









Career Day Tradition Continues




For more than 20 years the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Raleigh County Schools and Marquee Cinemas have partnered together to present “Career Day” to all of our Raleigh County 8th Graders to teach them about some of the career opportunities that are available to them here in our community.

The tradition continues this year and we want to thank everyone that participated, attended and volunteered:

We want to thank the students from Beckley Stratton Middle School, Independence Middle School, Park Middle School, Shady Spring Middle School, Trap Hill Middle School and Greater Beckley Christian School for their attentiveness and professionalism during the Career Day Process.

After meeting and talking with the students, Needy Mo Dough knows that all of the students will be well prepared for their first interview and will be ready to “Get A Job”

Each of these many years the Marquee Cinemas, Beckley Galleria 14 staff goes above and beyond their duties to welcome our business representatives and students, and to make sure we have everything we need to help students learn about career opportunities.

Career Day would not be possible without the involvement of many talented business representatives from our area.  A special thank you to all participating businesses for your time and continued support for Career Day:

Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Members
Raleigh County Schools
Marquee Cinemas, Beckley Galleria 14
Appalachian Bible College
Needy Mo Dough
Chick-fil-A, Beckley Galleria
Academy of Careers & Technology
Winterplace Ski Resort
Concord University, Beckley
The Resort at Glade Springs
New River Community and Technical College
Kid In The Background Inc.
STAR USA Federal Credit Union
Theatre WV
Raleigh General Hospital
Valley College, Beckley
Wells Fargo Financial Advisors
New River Gorge National River
Linda Sumner
Al Martine

We feel that it is important for students at all grade levels to receive as much education on career opportunities available to them in their own communities.  We appreciate the continuing efforts by our schools and businesses offering a variety of career informational opportunities each year.  We want to express our gratitude to Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce member representatives involved with Career Day 2015.

We are always thankful for the collaborative contribution by our community to educate our future leaders.  Our students rely on knowledge from everyone around them.  Let’s keep teaching them everything we know.


For more information on the Career Day program or to find out how you can get involved please contact BRCCC.



Managing for Results




Thank you Chuck Stump for training us to be better managers.  Your seminars are always informative and so much fun.

Make sure to contact The Performance Group Inc. for your business planning and training needs.

We appreciate the support of our seminar sponsors:

Citizens Conservation Corps of WV
Raleigh General Hospital
United Bank

Thank You Valley College, Beckley or your hospitality.  We always enjoy our time on your campus.

Thank You to all of our business representatives that attended the seminar for training and information that can used in all of our businesses.




Education Positions

These Legislative Policy Position Statements provide a summary of key issues identified by the Education Affairs Division of the Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce. They were adopted by the Board of Directors to be presented to Legislators for the 2015 Legislative Session.
























Awarded for Career Day Excellence



Following the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee “Career Day” every year students are asked by their teachers to write an essay about their experience at the event and what they learned about the career opportunities and what career they might be thinking about for the future.
 
The Education Committee reviews the essays and selects winners from each school that participates in Career Day.  The winners are then invited to a reception with their parents and teachers to be recognized for their accomplishments.  

The Essay Awards Reception gives us the chance to recognize our students in front of their parents, teachers and community.

We would like to thank our reception sponsors: Chick-Fil-A, Beckley and New River Community and Technical College for making the reception possible for the student and their guests.

We would like to thank Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant for providing a fantastic venue and delicious food for the reception.

We appreciate our partnership with Raleigh County Schools as we continue to find ways that our businesses can be a part of educating our students.




Photo –
Winners of the 2014-15 8th Grade Career Day Essay Contest honored with a banquet at Pasquale's Restaurant in Beckley.  Two winners were selected from each of the four Raleigh County Middle Schools - Beckley-Stratton, Park, Trap Hill and Independence.

Pictured above from L-R (Front Row) - Amber Williams, Logan Bower, Laiken Griffith and Brinleigh Bailey (overall winner).

(Back Row) - Sierra Carpenter, Morgan Day, Emily Dameron, Jackson Hill and Griffin Aliff.

See the full story at
Raleigh County Schools website



Businesses Stepping-Up to Provide Career Education



Every year Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Raleigh County Schools and Marquee Cinemas present “Career Day” to all of our Raleigh County 8th Graders to teach them about some of the career opportunities that are available to them here in our community.

Career Day 2014 is now complete and we want to thank the students from Beckley Stratton Middle School, Shady Spring Middle School, Independence Middle, Park Middle and Trap Hill Middle for their attentiveness and professionalism during the Career Day Process.

After meeting and talking with the students, Needy Mo Dough knows that all of the students will be well prepared for their first interview and will be ready to “Get A Job”

Career Day would not be possible without the involvement of many talented business representatives from our area.  A special thank you to all participating businesses for your time and continued support for Career Day:

Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Members
Raleigh County Schools
Marquee Cinemas
Academy of Careers & Technology
Appalachian Bible College
Chick-fil-A, Beckley Galleria
Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, Beckley
Custom Business Solutions
The Resort at Glade Springs
Winterplace Ski Resort
Concord University, Beckley Campus
New River Community & Technical College – Advanced Technology Center
Kid In The Background - Multi-Media Factory
American Red Cross – Blood Services
Jan Care Ambulance Service
West Virginia Sheriffs' Association
Regional Education Service Agency (RESA 1)
Star USA Federal Credit Union
Al Martine

Special thank you to WOAY TV and The Register-Herald for covering Career Day

We feel that it is important for students at all grade levels to receive as much education on career opportunities available to them in their own communities.  We appreciate the continuing efforts by our schools and businesses offering a variety of career informational events each year.  We want to express our gratitude to Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce members involved with Career Day 2014:

We are always thankful for the collaborative contribution by our community to educate our future leaders.  Our students rely on knowledge from everyone around them.  Let’s keep teaching them everything we know.

For more information on the program or to find out how you can get involved please contact BRCCC.




Managing for Results




Thank you BRCCC Member Representative Business Managers and Supervisors for your attendance at the BRCCC Education Committee “Managing for Results” Series Workshop.  We hope you learned something NEW.

Thank you, Mr. Chuck Stump and The Performance Group Inc. for the interesting, informative and interactive training session.  We now have a better understanding of how important COMMUNICATING the right way can be for a business.

Thank you Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia for sponsoring, attending and helping us get the training to our businesses.

Thank you to the staff at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver WV for working with us during the day and getting our rooms set up for training.  If you’re looking for a venue to hold your next meeting, workshop or event make sure to contact the Erma Byrd Center to find out how they can help you with space and set-up for a successful event.

Look for information soon on the next Workshop in the “Managing for Results” Series coming early in 2015.




The Mountaineer Teen Mall is Now Complete



Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is proud to partner with the Academy of Careers & Technology each school year for the High School Business Symposium.

Held at ACT each year, the Symposium is organized for High School students to learn more about the process of running a business or developing a new one.  Students compete through a fast-paced workshop designed to introduce them to marketing, finances, teamwork and problem solving.

Area business representatives act as the “Board of Directors” (Judges) through the business campaign development.  Students are advised, critiqued and awarded through the stages of the process as they develop a complete business and marketing plan.

We would like to thank all of the participating students for their professional work throughout the Symposium and for creatively developing “The Mountaineer Teen Mall”

Thank You Business Sponsors for your involvement in making the Symposium a success every year:

Sponsors:
Analabs Inc
Little General Stores
Ray Morton, Ameriprise Financial
Derm One
Senator, Mike Green


View the High School Business Symposium Photo Album on facebook:
 
Academy of Careers & Technology facebook page:

www.wvact.net



Congratulations and Thank You for Your
Career Day Participation and Essay Winners Awards



Thank You Raleigh County 8th Graders for your attention and participation in Career Day and for writing essays about your experience.

Thank You Chick-fil-A, Beckley and New River Community and Technical College for your support of the Essay Awards Reception.

Thank You to the staff of Pasquales Italian Restaurant for your hospitality and taking care of us, the students, teachers and their families.

Thank You to all of the teachers and parents that attended the reception to recognize the accomplishments or our students.

Thank You to The Register-Herald Newspaper and WVVA Television for your coverage of the reception

Top Essay
Park Middle School eighth grader Madeleine Rector shares a laugh with Raleigh County Schools Superintendent Jim Brown, left, and New River Community and Technical College President L.Marshall Washington as she accepts the top prize in this year’s Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Career Day Essay Contest Monday at Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant. Essays were judged by the education committee and winners from each area middle school were chosen to attend the reception.  Each winner took home a $25 prize, while Rector, the overall winner, was awarded $100.

Group Photo
Career Day Essay Contest winners pose for a quick photo outside Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant Monday evening. The essays were judged by the Education Committee and winners from each middle school are chosen to attend a reception with their teachers and parents to receive their award.

Front row, from left:
Tori Milam of Independence
Maddie Rector of Park
Jack Meadows of Shady Spring
Stephanie Hopkins of Beckley Stratton
Caitlyn Daniels of Beckley Stratton

Back row, from left:
Isabella Hill of Shady Spring
Ashton Harrell of Independence
Elizabeth Pable of Park
Trenton Begley of Trap Hill
Daniel Richmond of Trap Hill.

Following the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee “Career Day” every year students are asked by their teachers to write an essay about their experience at the event and what they learned about the career opportunities.



Businesses Partner for Career Education


Career Day

Every year Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Raleigh County Schools and Marquee Cinemas present “Career Day” to all of our Raleigh County 8th Graders to teach them about some of the career opportunities that are available to them here in our community.

Career Day 2013 is now complete and we want to thank the students from Beckley Stratton Middle School and Shady Spring Middle School, Independence Middle, Park Middle and Trap Hill Middle for their attentiveness and professionalism during the Career Day Process.

After meeting and talking with the students, Needy Mo Dough knows that all of the students will be well prepared for their first interview and will be ready to “Get A Job”

Career Day would not be possible without the involvement of many talented business representatives from our area.  A special thank you to all representatives for your time and continued support for Career Day:

Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Members
Raleigh County Schools
Marquee Cinemas
Academy of Careers & Technology
Appalachian Bible College
Chick-fil-A, Beckley Galleria
McDonalds, Raleigh County
Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, Beckley
Custom Business Solutions
YMCA of Southern West Virginia
The Resort at Glade Springs
Winterplace Ski Resort
New River Community & Technical College – Advanced Technology Center
Kid In The Background Multi-Media Factory
Life Strategies Counseling
American Red Cross
Raleigh General Hospital
Jeremy Miller Allstate Insurance Agency

For more information on the program or to find out how you can get involved please contact BRCCC.



E
ducation Committee Programs and Activity:

The Education Committee supports the development of quality programs and activities which ensure all citizens have educational opportunities that lead to productive careers, economic success and social well-being.

Education Positions Paper - Committee positions on current education issues in our legislature

Career Day – Organized to help Raleigh County eighth graders to learn more about the careers that are available to them in their community.  BRCCC member representatives volunteer as career speakers to educate the students on career choices they can look at while discussing future career paths with counselors

High School Business Symposium – Organized for High School students to learn more about process of running a business or developing a new one.  Students compete through a fast-paced workshop designed to introduce them to marketing, finances, teamwork and problem solving

Member Training Opportunities – Organized and offered to BRCCC member representatives for employee and management training in areas including; customer service, team work, networking and employee relations

Teachers Resource Directory of Available Speakers - We have recently developed a “Teachers Resource Directory of Available Speakers,” a listing of speakers interested in speaking to Raleigh County Students, by invitation by teachers, on specific careers or topics related to their business or interests.  Anyone interested in adding themselves to the directory can contact BRCCC

To join the Education Committee contact BRCCC



Education Committee Members:

Chairman

Ken Lilly
Appalachian Bible College

Committee:

Myra Harper
McDonalds, Raleigh County

Richard Jarrell
Chick Fil A, Galleria

Cathy Moore
Academy of Careers & Technology

Michele Sarrett
Custom Business Solutions

Connie Fox
BridgeValley Community and Technical College

Margaret Ann O'Neal
United Way of Southern WV

Chuck Cox
Wells Fargo Advisors

Delegate, Linda Sumner

Melissa Pino
Star USA Federal Credit Union

Frankie Cappellari
Raleigh County Schools

Charlie Cook
Hess Stewart & Campbell

Tara Taylor
Concord University , Beckley

Dr. Jerry Forster
University of Charleston, Beckley

Ray Morton
Ameriprise Financial

Sherry Morgan
Raleigh County Schools

David Price
Raleigh County Schools

Selina Vickers
RESA 1

Tia Welch
Job Corps

Al Martine

Anne Meadows
Academy of Careers & Technology

Ron Cantley
Woodrow Wilson High School

Jill Holliday
New River Community & Technical College

Karla Sanford
Valley College, Beckley Campus

Paul Hutchinson

Chris Leister
WVNS CBS 59 News



BRCCC Education Committee Participates in Financial Education
“Get A Life Program”


BRCCC Education Committee members are working in the program as station volunteers in financial areas such as; Insurance, Real Estate, Retail, Auto Sales, Healthcare and Utilities.  Because of the dedication by committee members to the program it has been possible for the Treasurer’s Office to bring the “Get A Life Program to all Raleigh County Middle Schools during the 2010 – 2011 school year.



Career Education

We feel that it is important for students at all grade levels receive as much education on career opportunities available to them in their own communities.  We appreciate the continuing efforts by our schools and businesses offering a variety of career informational events each year.  We want to express our gratitude to Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce members involved with Career Day 2010:

Bill Favorite (Marquee Cinemas)
Jacob Armstrong (Marquee Cinemas)
Sheila Lucento (Raleigh County Schools)
Dr. Emily Meadows (Raleigh County Schools)
Ken Lilly (Appalachian Bible College)
Richard Jarrell (Chick Fil A Beckley Galleria)
Myra Harper (McDonald’s of Beckley Raleigh County)
Mark Kodack (Raleigh County Schools)
Charles Kuhn (Academy of Careers & Technology)
Jim Blair (Academy of Careers & Technology)
Michele Sarrett (Mountain State University)
Trina Lawson (Mountain State University)
Mona Floyd (Beckley Stratton)
Joyce Surbaugh (Bridgemont Community & Technical College)
Cpt. Kevin Price (Beckley Fire Department)
John Parker (Jan Care Ambulance Service)
Michelle Williams (Raleigh General Hospital)
Dave Bieri (National Park Service New River Gorge National River)
Adrienne Jenkins (National Park Service New River Gorge National River)
Chris Bailes(Colony Drug)
Peyton Morhous (Colony Drug)
Kristin Tuckwiller (Colony Drug)
Cindy Whitlock (Tamarack)
Kelly Elkins (Tamarack)
Lisa Calfee (Winterplace Ski Resort)
Kendra Johnston (Winterplace Ski Resort)
Chef, Marsha Hyatt (National Institute for Culinary Arts Mountain State University)
Dreama Pauley (Region 1 WorkForce WV)
Bridgit Scruggs (Region 1 WorkForce WV)
Nate Dogg (103CIR Southern Communications Radio)
Jesse D (103CIR Southern Communications Radio)
Jennifer Bell (International Coal Group)
Jason Franklin (International Coal Group)
Marlena Richmond (Fresenius Medical Care)
Melanie Sallie (Fresenius Medical Care)
Judy Conners (Fresenius Medical Care)
SSG, Kevin Boggs (WV Army National Guard)

We are always thankful for the collaborative contribution by our community to educate our future leaders.  Our students rely on knowledge from everyone around them,  Let’s keep teaching them everything we know.



“I’m All A-Twitter Because My Facebook Is LinkedIn!

"How to Use Social Media for Business Success”

Thank You Karen Kanakanui (Words Are Us) for giving us some tools to navigate the Social Media Landscape.

Thank You Sponsors:  Ntelos Wireline & LA East Fitness

For many businesses, social media is something that you know you need to do, but maybe you don’t know where to start. Or you’ve created profiles on the main sites, but don’t know what to do next.

We now have some direction and clarity on what’s available in the social media world and how to find what works best for business, and how to build a strategy for implementation.

Social media is an exciting avenue for growing any business – whether you’re online or bricks-and-mortar, from solopreneurs to multimillion dollar companies.

Presenter: Karen Kanakanui is a direct response copywriter and social media strategist who uses her copywriting skills to help clients hone their marketing message for social media, show them how to use multiple social media channels to distribute good content, and help them understand the power of re-purposing content. Karen leads two companies, Words Are Us, which is primarily geared towards social media and general marketing needs, and CopyVox, a digital marketing company specializing in combining video, audio, and compelling copy to engage online visitors and increase sales.

We found out what we’ve been missing in the exciting world of social media!

We started by exploring these basic ideas:  What is social media?  Is it right for your business? What are main selling benefits for a business?  How can a business get started in social media?

We learned a four-step process for beginning social media campaigns: Assessment, Mind-Mapping, Action Plan, Evaluate.

We received a social media assessment tool as well as a social media action plan template, the Top 10 Ground Rules for Social Media, and a list of online resources.

We touched on online presence management—how to manage the ongoing care, feeding, and optimization services once the initial social network profile has been established.

We talked about scheduling regular content submission, how to use all available media - new video content, blog posts, podcasts – to add value to social network profile and business pages, and then we discussed in-house or outsourcing for Social Media – what’s the best strategy?

We also explored how to use Facebook to generate leads, become a thought leader, and otherwise interact with your “tribe.”

We talked about ads, pages versus groups, and look at some case studies of how local businesses are using Facebook.

More Social Media training opportunities will be scheduled soon, stay tuned to find out more.



A+ for Career Education

We feel that it is important for students at all grade levels receive as much education on career opportunities available to them in their own communities.  We appreciate the continuing efforts by our schools and businesses offering a variety of career informational events each year.  We want to express our gratitude to Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce members involved with Career Day 2009

Thank You Career Day Partners:   

Raleigh County Schools
Marquee Cinemas

Than You Career Day Participating Members:

Beckley Fire Department
Beckley Police Department
City National Bank
Colony Drug & Wellness Center
Jan Care Ambulance
Mountain State University
National Guard
National Mine Health & Safety Academy
National Park Service
Raleigh General Hospital
Southern Communications Radio
Tamarack
Winterplace Ski Resort
WorkForce WV
WVNS CBS 59 News

Thank You Career Day Participating Schools:

Academy of Careers & Technology
Bridgemont Community & Technical College
New River Community & Technical College

Special Appreciation:

Beckley Newspapers, The Register-Herald
Beckley Renaissance
Chick Fil A, Galleria

We are always thankful for the collaborative contribution by our community to educate our future citizens.  Our students rely on knowledge from everyone around them, Let’s keep teaching them everything we know



Be All that You Can Dream - High School Business Symposium

BRCCC member representatives participate as “The Board of Directors” (Judges) for this Business Development Event for Raleigh County High School Students.

The Symposium is a fast-paced event that high school students participate in each year to get a feel for what it takes to create, develop and market a business idea.

The Board of Directors (Judges) approve planning stages that the students follow during the event including:

Business Idea / Business Name / Business Location / Business Finances / Radio & Television Advertising / Printed Advertising Campaign / Overall Business Plan

The creative thinking of our future business leaders is amazing



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Linda Daniel School Data Excellence Awards Luncheon

The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee awarded Raleigh County Schools for their excellence in education. We want to recognize and congratulate our schools for their achievements in educating the future leaders, workers and residents in our community