|Michael Bently, right, Perdue Human Resources Manager, presents a $3,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to the Houston County Board of Eduation on Tuesday, March 10 to support its work-based learnng program. From left are Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Scott and School Board Chairman Dr. Marianne Melnick.|
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, March 12, 2015) — As part of its commitment to education, Perdue Farms, through a $3,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping the Houston County School system in central Georgia prepare high school seniors for success in the workplace.
The grant will fund a networking dinner for 72 students and 24 business leaders as part of the school system’s Career, Technical and Agricultural (CTAE) work-based learning program. The dinner will be held Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. at the Houston Lake Country Club in Perry, Ga.
“Having the support of Perdue and the Foundation means that more Career, Technical and Agricultural Education students will graduate with a competitive edge over other students when it comes to being prepared for success in the workplace,” said Barbara Wall, director of CTAE. “The students will be ready to enter the workplace with soft skills intact as is expected by employers.”
The networking dinner experience provides a forum for students to engage with business leaders who will rate each student on a number of soft skills, such as handshake and eye contact, greeting and introduction, appropriateness of dress, table manners and more. Following the dinner, students also learn how to write appropriate thank you letters to the business partners, another important soft skill.
“Without soft skills, students are not going to be successful,” said Wall. “The best way to prepare students for success in the workplace is to provide real life experiences for them.”
“We are excited to be able to support such a wonderful, real world experience for these students,” said Wally Hunter, Perdue director of operations in Perry. “It is programs like this that avail us the opportunity to make an immediate impact in the communities where our associates live and work. To help better prepare students for the workforce can create benefits for years to come. We feel it is a great investment for us to make in Houston County.”
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.
About The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™