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OHS Academy Students Meet with Local Businesses about Future Partnerships

On April 17, Ozark High School and Ozark Chamber of Commerce collaborated on an event to explore future partnerships between Ozark Academy students and local businesses. 

“A key component of Academies is connecting the learning that students do at Ozark High School with our community through partnerships and projects,” Ozark High School Academy Director Leigh Jennings said. 

The event, labeled a “reverse job fair,” allowed local businesses to learn more about the Ozark Academy system and how their business might utilize Ozark students, while also encouraging student ambassadors and business leaders to discuss future partnership opportunities. 

“It was great to see our students making connections with local leaders today,” Jennings said. “Students were able to talk one-on-one with business and community leaders about future partnerships, including shared projects, internships, site visits and speakers. The possibilities are exciting for both our students and the Ozark community.” 

Ozark Chamber of Commerce President Rachael Salveter said this was a great opportunity for the business community in Ozark. 

“The overall response was very positive,” Salveter said. “The participating businesses are excited to work with and learn from Ozark students to help better the Ozark community for years to come.” 

OHS Natural Resources and Agriculture Academy student ambassador Senior Kaitlyn Tramel said she loved the event and getting to meet local business owners. 

“The people here are super nice and inviting and the connections are amazing,” Tramel said. “We talked with Finley Farms about future internship opportunities for agriculture students and possibly getting to help them out at their farm. It's been super fun and I think it's super beneficial for the Academies.”