A.L. Greater Education Project names director
Published 9:54 am Friday, February 5, 2016
The Albert Lea Greater Education Project announced the selection of Jean Eaton as project director. The Albert Lea Greater Education Project is an out-growth of the Education Foundation of Albert Lea’s 2015 Public Forum, and will focus on building bridges between Albert Lea business, educator and student communities.
As project director, Jean Eaton will work with the Education Foundation of Albert Lea, Albert Lea School District 241, Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, Albert Lea Economic Development Agency and Riverland Community College. Established by Lyman K. “Manny” Steil and supported financially by John and Susan Morrison and community businesses, the group is focused on advancing the extended practical education and learning experiences of Albert Lea High School students.
As project director, Eaton will lead the effort to build bridges between business, educator and student communities. With the assistance of community leaders, Eaton will establish job shadowing, mentorships, internships, apprenticeships and scholarship opportunities for Albert Lea high School students.
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According to a press release, Eaton values education and has experience as a former Riverland Community College dean, instructor and a Minnesota State Teacher of the Year finalist. In her commitment to public service she has worked with internships and the business community. She is a past member of the Governor’s Workforce Council and president of the Southeast Minnesota Workforce Council. As a former United Way director, she has worked to establish endowments to serve the Minnesota Community Foundation and she will serve the project well in developing endowed student scholarships.
Steil noted the broad excitement with Eaton’s agreement to serve the business, educator and student communities.
“In accepting this assignment, Jean will be a great servant leader as she builds important bridges between the Albert Lea business, educator and student communities. Jean is moving ahead with vigor and invites everyone’s involvement and assistance. She is excited about this opportunity and what it can offer area students and the business community! Providing students expanded supplemental learning experiences will enhance their high school growth experiences and help them make better career choices, wherever they go to school, or find employment. The participating students education will be exponentially expanded; the educators will extend their gifts of teaching; the business community will share their expertise and knowledge; and, the Albert Lea community will be greatly enriched.”
To learn how you can provide significant job-shadowing opportunities, serve as a mentor, provide meaningful internships, or establish endowed scholarships for the life-growth of Albert Lea area students, call Eaton at 507-373-9084.