BEST (Business and Education Succeed Together)
A Program of United Way Profit In Education
One way United Way Profit In Education is working is through the BEST (Business and Education Succeed Together) program. The goal of the United Way BEST program is for students to learn about local businesses, the different jobs available, and the training and education required for those positions. Speakers from the businesses visit the classroom and lead the students through company tours, emphasizing that their businesses hire only high school graduates and that many of the jobs require further training.
United Way BEST business partners include: Altec Industries, Inc; Ellison-Auxier Architects, Inc.; Harley Davidson; Hillyard Industries; Missouri Air National Guard, 139th Airlift Wing; Mosaic Life Care; Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #45; Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Progam; and St. Joseph Police Department.
The United Way BEST program was piloted at Lafayette High School through a grant from the AT&T Foundation in the spring of 2009.
contact Jodi Bloemker, Director of Community Investment
at (816) 364-2381 or