JobReady Partnership

  • Union County JobReady Partnership is a non-profit organization that's goal is to help enhance school-to-work training for students of Union County Public Schools through a partnership of Industry representatives, South Piedmont Community College, Wingate University, and Union County Public Schools. JobReady focuses on what employers need today and what they will need in the future. The Partnership strengthens the links between the business and education communities by building alliances between students, employers, parents and the community to affect change. JobReady is a partnership of volunteer members representing key leadership positions in business, education and government. JobReady relies on donations from businesses, individuals and foundations to provide all programming experiences.

    New Century Scholars

    New Century Scholars is an innovative program that provides a post-high school educational opportunity to students who might not have an opportunity for a college education. Read more. 

    Curriculum & Industry Alliance

    Bring Local Industry Related Problem Solving Into Local Classrooms

    What is it?

    An opportunity for teachers to visit local industry and learn through direct experience about the company background, trends, skill requirements and opportunities in industry related to their subject in order to enrich and strengthen their teaching and bring relevance to student learning.


    The purpose of a teacher externship is to engage in activities in business and industry, and/or service-based organizations, to learn how classroom content and learning strategies are applied in the workplace. Teachers improve their pedagogical practices by incorporating new methods, labor market information, and employment skills that meet current industry standards. The educational goal of an externship is to increase a teacher’s ability to connect theory and practice and bring an understanding of workplace practices and policies (e.g. problem-solving methods, practical applications of theory, leadership concepts) into the classroom, thus increasing the relevance of student learning.

  • Ron Mahle
    Chairperson, Monroe Union Economic Development

    Brenda Robbins
    Vice-Chair, Union Power Cooperative