GMCPP receives FBLA award - 242

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program was recently awarded the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) "Businessperson of the Year" award at the annual FBLA conference at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.
The FBLA's mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The GMCPP's mission very closely parallels that of the FBLA, as their mission is to: Connect students and businesses; Give students exposure to careers; Give businesses the opportunity to share their expertise; and to build relationships between businesses and schools/students. 
The Career Partnership Program focuses on a five-prong approach: Internships, Job Shadows, Volunteer/Community Service, Guest Speakers' Bureau and a one-day Job Fair for summer employment. The program helped over 80 students experience job shadows and internships last year, and is on its way to surpass those numbers this year. The two groups recently kicked-off a fundraiser called "Lakes Region-opoly". This is a fundraiser board game that is played much like any "opoly" game.  Spots on the game board were sold to local businesses and the proceeds were split among the FBLA students and the GMCPP's non-profit organization.  The FBLA members have raised enough money to pay for their conference expenses for the next two years. 

CAPTION — Ted Fodero, GMCPP co-chair; Rhonda Hanaway, Career Partnership Director; Chuck Bates, Inter-Lakes Business Teacher, FBLA advisor and CPP committee member and Chris Kelly, GMP President and co-chair for the GMCPP. (Courtesy photo)