1. Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

    Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

    Kate Phelon has long appreciated the spirit of collaboration between Westfield’s municipal, business, and educational leaders — and points to the Westfield Education to Business Alliance, which just wrapped up its third year, as a good example. The alliance, WE2BA for short, connects the city’s schools, where students are beginning to contemplate their career paths, with companies that are eager to mine local talent. Last year, it launched an adopt-a-classroom program — Mestek, Forum House, and PeoplesBank were the initial adopters, and more are expected to come on board next year — while Westfield High School’s annual career fair drew ...

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    1. We want to get more people involved — more businesses adopting more classrooms.
    2. The city had never really taken on the task of marketing itself until just recently.
    3. Those companies get to show off what they do, and we get to talk about things like construction projects, road projects, what's coming down the pike for the City Council.
    4. Some of the reasons Myers chose here were the chamber, a bike trail, access to downtown, and fiber coming from the Gas + Electric.
    5. The City Council is figuring out whether we want one in downtown core district or keep them on the outskirts.
    6. We want to expand adopt-a-classroom because getting the business community in front of the kids and sharing their expertise and their work experiences is huge.
    7. We're exposing kids to relevant life learning.
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