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The Chamber received a grant from the UPS Foundation to facilitate this pilot CHOICES program for 8th grade students at the Reading Intermediate School.  The interactive classroom workshops empowers teens to make positive educational and life CHOICES that will increase their career opportunities. The children learn how making good CHOICES, like staying in school and completing their education, can have a lasting positive effect on their lives.  Last year, fifty (50) volunteers became certified and connected with 1,158 students over the two day workshops. 

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The CHOICES Program is just one initiative of many in Berks that build on business/education partnerships to build a competitive workforce pipeline.  The Chamber’s Workforce Pipeline Career Awareness Task Force brings together committed partners to align community resources including the Berks County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP), Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC), along with Berks County post-secondary institutions, businesses, school districts and other non-profit education initiatives. By sharing and aligning available community resources, the Chamber is able to identify and create initiatives for businesses and educators to work together to tackle both educational and workforce related challenges. 


If you are interested in learning more about these programs and future initiatives please contact Gail Landis

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