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Developing our future workforce is not only a priority, but it is crucial to the future success of both our students and our business community. The Chamber is constantly working on conveying this message. From preschool to post graduate, your business can help the Chamber in developing the building blocks for tomorrow’s business leaders.

Thank you to the following Chamber Member schools for providing information on their educational institutions:

Perkiomen Valley School District
The qualities of a strong mathematician – perseverance in solving problems, precision, making strategic decisions - are also some of the same qualities that business leaders are seeking in today’s graduates. As such, the Perkiomen Valley School District is taking a number of steps to strengthen students’ math skills.
• Teachers are making changes in the ways in which they instruct students
• The district continues to raise the bar higher through a more rigorous math curriculum that promotes “productive struggle.”
• Students are encouraged to take control of their learning
The District hopes to continue providing today’s learners with the many skills they need to become tomorrow’s outstanding leaders.

Pottsgrove School District
The Pottsgrove School District has one message that has been shared consistently with staff during the 2016-2017 school year: “Moving Forward Together.”
Their number one resource, teachers, lays the foundation for learning. Empowered to be instructional decision-makers, teachers are encouraged to analyze data and design thoughtful solutions to meet the needs of students.
This creates a win-win situation for students and the District. For example, this year’s collaborative decision-making resulted in teachers providing specific short and long-term recommendations to the school board about the Districts’ approach and use of materials for English/Language Arts and Math.

West-Mont Christian Academy
West-Mont Christian Academy is a well-known private school in the tri-county area, offering a relevant and robust Christian, K-12 curriculum, for over 35 years.
The Academy is known for their strong focus on sincere faith, stellar academics, relationship building, and a deep desire to connect to the community through service.
Their graduates can be found all over the world, serving and working in various capacities including industry, missions, communication, the military, education, ambassadorships and much more.
The hallmark of the Academy’s focus is the desire to recognize that every student is unique and must be educated accordingly. The Academy enjoys the positive interactions with students and their families.

The Berks Career and Technology Center - Continuing Education
BCTC’s Continuing Education department prepares adult students for rewarding, well-paid careers with day and evening programs taught by industry-experienced instructors in state-of-the-art laboratories. Day students experience the same high-quality technical education as high school students, and earn nationally recognized industry certifications in the following career clusters:
- Business & Information Technology
- Communications
- Construction
- Engineering & Manufacturing Technology
- Healthcare
- Services
- Transportation

Montgomery County Community College’s Sustainability and Innovation HUB
We are fortunate to be home to the Western Campus of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC).
Its Sustainability and Innovation HUB, located at the West Campus of MCCC in Pottstown, opened in April 2016. Formerly the Pottsown Power Station, it is now a center for learning excellence and community outreach, containing three classrooms, a large open meeting and collaboration room, and an aquaponics laboratory.
Sustainability and innovation are seen throughout the facility:
- Equipped with the latest in education technology equipment and college WiFi
- Electricity-generating wind turbines are located in the parking lot
- 3-D printers and robots can be found in the Engineering laboratory
The HUB is a center for collaboration with the Pottstown community, and its Aquaponics Lab is a focal point for community partnerships. This multidisciplinary laboratory focuses on the design, development and study of sustainable agriculture and the technology necessary to support such systems. Its staff provide informative tours and hold educational classes in:
- Aquaponics
- Hydroponics
- Biodiversity
- Water quality
- Sustainable engineering
- Computer science.
The Lab also works closely with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, the Schuylkill River Trail and the Borough of Pottstown to promote responsible use and stewardship of the local watershed.

A full list of Chamber Member educational organizations can be found by clicking here

Education and the TriCounty Chamber
Your Chamber serves eight public school districts. Five Chamber Member school districts benefit from programs funded through the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. Through the Foundation, the Chamber administers a Leadership Tri-County program. Leadership Tri- County is an educational opportunity for local business leaders to learn about the community and responsibilities of serving on area non-profit boards. Since its first class in 1993, to date the program has graduated nearly 200 community members.
About Leadership Tri-County
• Each class is comprised of twelve to fifteen individuals who have been selected for their potential to expand involvement in the development of the tricounty area. Members make a demonstrated commitment to leadership in both their community and place of employment
• Individuals represent business and industry, government, the arts, volunteer and social organizations, education, professional groups, labor, hospitals, utilities and entrepreneurship
• Class meets once a month for programs covering topics such as: Arts & Culture, Business, Economic Development/ Infrastructure, Education Government, Health & Human Services, Justice, and Leadership Development
• Participants must complete a group project on behalf of a local Chamber Member nonprofit organization
• Participants need to secure a position on a local nonprofit’s Board of Directors
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152 East High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

Phone: 610.326.2900