Partners in Education adds new members

The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley closed on four new Partners in Education on Tuesday for the Wood County Technical Center, Mineral Wells Elementary School and Parkersburg High School. From left, seated, are Jill Parsons, Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce; Larry McIntire, general manager of the Blennerhassett Hotel; Kenny DeMoss, principal at Parkersburg High School; Mike Fling, assistant superintendent of schools for Wood County; and back row, Ben Poling, Partners in Education chairman for the Chamber of Commerce; Geri Brode, human resources manager at the hotel; and Jayne Tebay, a counselor at Parkersburg High. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

PARKERSBURG — Four agreements for new Partners in Education were inked Tuesday for schools in Wood County.

Two new partnerships were signed with the Wood County Technical Center, at Mineral Wells Elementary School and at Parkersburg High School, Jill Parsons, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce, organizers and coordinators of Partners in Education in Wood County.

The two companies at the Wood County Technical Center, CAS Cable and D&R Heating and Cooling, are new to the program, Parsons said.

First Settlement Physical Therapy is the new Partner in Education at Mineral Wells. The Blennerhassett Hotel of Parkersburg is the new Partner in Education at Parkersburg High and joins DuPont and Kona Ice, Parsons said.

Eighty companies are Partners in Eduction with Wood County Schools, according to Ben Poling, Partners in Education chairman with the chamber.

Blennerhassett Hotel plans to work with the school through in several programs including job shadowing, how to prepare an employment application and prepare for the interview and instruction on the etiquette of fine dining, said Geri Brode, human resources manager at the hotel.

“That’s something we’re very skilled at,” Brode said during the signing ceremony Tuesday morning at PHS.

Kenny DeMoss, principal at Parkersburg High, who was appreciative of the hotel and its commitment, said the school is always looking for ways to improve educational opportunities “and different avenues to make the school better.”

The partnership with the high school is supported by the owners of the hotel, the Ross Family, which was asked if the hotel can participate in the Partners in Education program, hotel Manager Larry McIntire said.

“They said ‘absolutely yes.'” he said.

McIntyre also cited the advantages of such partnerships. Formerly the controller of the hotel, he became manager in 2016.

“They’re very valuable,” McIntire said.

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