Tomorrow’s workforce will be better prepared to meet the challenges of the global economy if the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce has anything to say about it.
JameŽ Davis, CEO of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, said the organization has given out thousands of dollars in college scholarships over the years with the goal of creating an educated and trained workforce.
“Education has always been a focus for the chamber,” said Davis. “We bring the business community and the education community together to address issues such as talent pipeline opportunities, mentorship programs, workforce shortage. We also plan and execute the reverse job fair, partnering with the Post Falls School District to meet their students’ graduation requirements.”
One of the biggest splashes it makes annually is awarding a huge scholarship. This fall, Jerry Lyon won the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce's $25,000 Super Scholarship Raffle and the scholarship will help pay for his son Justin’s education. Justin Lyon is a freshman at the University of Idaho. After receiving his bachelor's degree from U of I, Justin plans to transfer to the University of Washington to enter medical school.
“It’s a huge blessing for us,” said Jerry Lyon. “This provides a bit of relief from student debt.”
Lyon’s name was drawn from nearly 500 entries during a chamber member appreciation event. Jerry, accompanied by wife Kathie, was stunned.
“One of the biggest challenges is to get our young people engaged and involved in forward thinking about their futures,” Jerry said. “It’s another way for young people to see their future without the potential burden of debt.”
The scholarship can be used at UI, NIC or Lewis-Clark State. One of the ideas behind the raffle is to keep students in a local college or university. The raffle is also a fundraiser for the chamber of commerce's education programs. Last year’s recipient was Cody Jahns, who is currently enrolled at North Idaho College in the nursing program.
"We appreciate everyone who invested in a ticket and bought into the idea of the program," said Davis.
The chamber also hosts a Community Business Fair, which allows local businesses and organizations to promote themselves with the community. Also, the Post Falls Chamber receives an Idaho Department of Commerce grant to promote recreation and tourism in the region.
--Written by Marc Stewart, Director of Sponsored Content