Richmond, IN.—The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Julie Jolliff has joined the staff as School Is Cool Coordinator.
Julie Jolliff is a 2011 graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University. She received her bachelors in elementary education and then went on to teach 2nd and 3rd grades. She loved her experience in the classroom and working with fellow educators and families. As Julie and her husband, Mike, began planning for starting their own family, they both decided for Julie to stay connected with education, but on a part-time basis. Soon, Julie was hired as the District Manager of Junior Achievement (JA) of Eastern Indiana.
JA works to teach students K-12 about financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. Under Julie’s leadership, the awareness of JA and the amount of classes served has grown throughout her three years with the non-profit. JA and the Chamber have formed a partnership (JA in a Day) that has been making a big impact on Wayne County seniors. As the new School is Cool coordinator, Julie hopes to strengthen partnerships with the chamber, schools, parents, and Wayne County families. She hopes to tackle absenteeism and develop a spirit of grit among students who will later enter the community’s workforce.
Melissa Vance, President and CEO of the Chamber, said, “We are pleased to have Julie join the Chamber team. She has been involved with our Business & Education Committee, so we have known her work ethic and attention to detail for quite some time. Because she is involved with the schools already through her position with Junior Achievement, I am confident the School Is Cool transition will be seamless.”
The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing networking opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and facilitating and/or leading initiatives that serve this purpose. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Buy Local Certified program, Wayne County Weekends, co-hosting political forums and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit WCAreaChamber.org.