GREAT FALLS – Two sophomore students from Great Falls High School spend their independent study class making websites and logos for downtown businesses.
On Wednesday morning, Tia Zaremski and Camilee Boland presented the logos they designed at a Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The logos are for a new partnership program between Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Great Falls Public Schools Foundations, and Great Falls Public Schools. The new partnership program is called Business Goes to School.
Camilee said, “I just sort of based mine off of other educational logos that I’ve seen around.”
“I just tried to tie in simple elements from both businesses and school and just kind of put them together,” Tia added about her logo.
They both said they asked their teacher, Ms. Milton, for guidance. In the end, Tia Zaremski’s logo was picked to represent Business Goes to School.
Business Goes to School is a new effort to get businesses involved again with the schools.
At the end of November, business leaders will work with school administrators and parents on what they do on a day-to-day basis.
They will then have a roundtable discussion of what they learned and most importantly how to get businesses more involved with the schools to help with work-force development.
As students in high school choose a career path they think they might want to go down, this program will be able to place them with businesses in the community.
Shane Etzwiler, the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce CEO and President said, “We always have our experience when we came through grade schools and high schools, but things have changed these days and I think it’s really good for businesses to take a look and say what dynamics have changed these days, what are the students learning, and then how can we be a strong partner within the community so we can also take a look and say this is what’s being taught, but this is what’s being needed in the workforce today.”
This is the first year for the business goes to school event, but they plan to make it an annual event.
Reporting by Kasey Herman for MTN News