Companies in the Classroom at Quaker Valley Middle School

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Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 11:01 PM

Quaker Valley School District was one of 16 school districts around the region that participated in the Consortium for Public Education’s Companies in the Classroom initiative.

On March 3, representatives from the Allegheny Land Trust, Covestro, Fortyx80, Koppers, Partners4Work and Penn State University visited students at Quaker Valley Middle School.

The program actually began at Quaker Valley Middle School in December 2018, according to principal Dr. Anthony Mooney. He said that at the time they called it CEO in the Classroom and it was born out of a partnership with the Grable Foundation. It has since grown and evolved into what it is today — getting businesses into schools to see how teachers are teaching and how that will translate to the future.

“By the end of the day, the students and the representatives from the companies are like old friends,” Mooney said. “They’ve built somewhat of a relationship, at the end of our session the adults and kids were talking about staying in contact with one another through the school and future opportunities. The students share openly what their feelings are about their own futures. When the leaders share their backgrounds and what they do on a day-to-day basis, the kids are pretty enthralled.”