From Preschool to Post-Graduate, the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes education as the key to our region's future.
Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness (PEAK)
Daycares are provided at many non-profit organizations and local churches in
the area and the Pottstown community is nationally recognized for Pottstown
Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness(PEAK). The mission of PEAK is that
“Every child in Pottstown will enter kindergarten ready to learn and achieve.”
Their five key strategy areas include:
community outreach, family engagement, quality improvement, health/wellness,
and kindergarten transition.
The initiative was created to improve the readiness of
children entering kindergarten and also engage and impact the families of young
children. With hopes of bringing a positive change to the Pottstown area, and
the lives of the students of tomorrow, PEAK has three main goals that they aim
to high quality child care, early childhood education, pre-kindergarten
have access to high quality skill building and resources needed to prepare
them to be their child's first "teacher" and to prepare their
children for success in school.
to health and wellness services to ensure that they are prepared to
maximize their potential in school.
In the beginning of 2015, PEAK was awarded a $1,250,000 grant from the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation. The money awarded will be spread over three years to pursue
five specific goals that PEAK has, including "Develop and Support Parents
as Leaders" and "Improve Success for Pottstown Students."
PREPARING FOR GROWTH
Boyertown Area Senior High Construction
The Boyertown Area School District has
chosen to renovate the Boyertown Area Senior High School, a $44
million dollar project, to provide an opportunity for 9th grade students
to attend as part of a comprehensive 9-12 grade configuration. The old
1920-1930 building will be updated and utilized as the 9th grade academy.
are continuing to work on the New CUB Gym on the North side of the
building and have started their new Art wing on the North West side of the
building. The Old Cub Gym will be transformed into a music suite providing
increased instructional space for orchestra, choir, and band students.
grade students from the elementary school will move up to the junior high
buildings, which will become middle school grades (6-8).
Pottsgrove High School Renovations and
During a feasibility study of Pottsgrove High School in the
summer of 2012, it was found that the school yielded a number of critical
needs and deficiencies, including the ability to function as a 21st century
school. Renovations on the building, costing $28 million dollars, have
taken place over a two and a half year period.
Owen J. Roberts Elementary Construction
Construction will begin during the 2015-2016 school year to replace the East
Coventry and East Vincent elementary schools. Both new buildings are expected
to be completed by 2017 and will cost approximately $56.6 million dollars to
complete. Also, the OJR School District is launching a new program – “Wee
Wildcats.” Under teacher supervision, this program will give high school
students the experience of running a preschool, giving local preschoolers an
early jump on learning.
GUARANTEEING FUTURE SUCCESS
Foundation for Pottstown Education
The Foundation for Pottstown Education is an organization determined to
support, promote, sponsor and carry out educational, scientific or charitable
activities and goals regarding the Pottstown School District.
The Foundation works to support opportunities and frame developments to fully
mature students’ potential.
- One of the big initiatives that The Foundation for Pottstown Education is
working on is the Early College Program.
This initiative was designed with high performing, low income students in the
Pottstown area in mind. These students are given the opportunity to complete
their first year of college at Montgomery County Community College in their
junior or senior years in high school.
The Foundation pays for the students to take classes, if they retain a B or
above in all of their coursework at Montgomery County Community College.
Eligible students for the program have a 90% GPA or above in all courses,
show financial need, and must be serious about their education. Students who
are eligible must apply to be a part of this program.
The Hill School
The central priority of The Hill School's mission has remained constant for
many years: to ‘prepare students for college, careers, and life.’ However, how
a young person finds success in college and careers (and thus arguably in life)
continues to change. The Hill's current and future students often must address
problems that require an expanded toolkit; they must possess a wide array of
technological, analytical, and entrepreneurial skills. Moreover, the landscape
for college admission – and subsequent career advancement – is changing
dramatically due to rapidly increasing global competition, accessibility, and
discussed, the Hill School is planning to implement a new curriculum.
is an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to mathematics, science,
technology, design, and engineering.
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) is a place where the future is
created, a place where desire and knowledge are combined to yield opportunity.
- Conveniently located in Pottstown,
MCCC has taken an evolutionary step for the concept of community colleges.
- At the
University Center, there are 10 Bachelor’s degrees, 3 Master’s, 1
Doctorate, and 3 Certificates available.
- A new
breakthrough for MCCC is the ground breaking of the final phase of the
Schuylkill Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center, which is located on a
former Brownfield site. The final phase of the expansion on the West
Campus, broke ground in June 2015. This site will be home to the
Sustainability and Innovation Hub. It will contain an aquaponics and
hydroponics learning laboratory, engineering learning laboratory, and a
collaboration community area.
hub will be a place where faculty, students and community can learn, share
knowledge and work together to create a healthy and sustainable
environment,” said former MCCC President Karen Stout, “that enhances the
economic health and well-being of the borough, and Montgomery County and
frankly the tri-county region.”
Each Leadership class is comprised of a maximum of fifteen individuals who have
been selected for their potential to expand their involvement in the
development of the tri-county area. Each member has made a demonstrated
commitment to leadership in both their community and place of employment. These
individuals represent business and industry, government, the arts, volunteer
and social organizations, education, professional groups, labor, hospitals, and
Participants meet once a month for programs covering topics
such as: Arts & Culture, Business, Economic Development/Infrastructure,
Education, Government, Health & Human Services, Justice, and Leadership
In order to graduate from the program, participants must
complete a group project on behalf of a local Chamber Member nonprofit
organization, and also need to secure a position on a local nonprofit's Board
For more information about Leadership Tri-County, please click
Mission: To sustain community participation and involvement by
training and providing new and emerging leaders with the expertise to serve on
Leadership Tri-County Statistics
200 community members have participated in the program.
- In the
23 years of the program, 55 projects have been completed on behalf of
local nonprofits (since 1993).
local nonprofits have also benefited from receiving informed and trained
individuals to serve on their board of directors.
class of 2017 will be the 16th class.