The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) launched the Step Up Campaign for Business Advocacy, Research and Education in September 2016. The vision of the campaign is to engage with the community through research, education and advocacy to support business success because business success drives community prosperity. The WBA has begun focusing on the education component of the campaign in earnest for 2017.
Youth Engagement Initiative
The goal of the Youth Engagement Initiative is to educate Whatcom County high school students on the opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship and to offer mentorship through the career decision making process. The WBA is partnering with Junior Achievement (JA) to introduce the Job Shadow curriculum to Whatcom County high schools. In conjunction with the curriculum, the WBA will coordinate site tours of local businesses and provide opportunities for the students to engage in mock interviews and resume review with human resource professionals.
The Youth Engagement Initiative will begin with a kick off event held at Bellingham Technical College September 28, 2017, featuring a program of successful local business leaders and video introductions to employment opportunities in the County with local, national and international companies. Our program speakers are Mike Andes (Augusta Lawn Care/Business Boot Camp), Erin Baker (Erin Baker’s), Tyler Byrd (Red Rokk), and Anne-Marie Faiola (Bramble Berry).