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Business & Community Partnerships

We are extremely thankful to our business partners because they continue to support our educational programming in various ways and they help our students develop skills by exposing them to real-world work experience. 
We hope that through this partnership businesses can build their talent pool, gain new ideas, and reap a sense of satisfaction from supporting our future workforce.
If you would like to become a business partner with us, please contact Sherry Baird, Career Development Coordinator at 336-651-7139 or [email protected]. We are always looking for local businesses who are interested in hosting interns, presenting at a career fair, judging internship presentations and more.

Business, Industry & Education Forum (BIEF)

Crowd of members on BIEF sitting at tables at The Stone CenterBIEF is a platform which provides opportunities for meaningful dialogue between the school system, the community college, workforce development and local business and industry partners. The primary goal of BIEF is to produce better qualified employees for local industry; thus providing a means for individuals and/or families in our community to earn fair and competitive wages. 


Superintendent's 2022-2023 Business Advisory Council

Ex-Officio Members
Dr. Joe Bullis – Executive Director of Career & Technical Education, Wilkes County Schools
Mr. Mark Byrd – Superintendent of Wilkes County Schools
Currently Vacant – President of Wilkes Community College
Ms. Amanda Pruitt – High School Principal Council Chair, Wilkes County Schools 
Mr. David Johnson – Director of Secondary Instruction, Wilkes County Schools
Ms. Sherry Baird – Career Development Coordinator, Wilkes County Schools
Membership Tenures
1 Year Term
John Cothern, Chariman (Wilkes Agriculture Extension)
Brett Cothern (MECI-Retired)
Randall Parson (Gardner Glass/DreamWalls)
2 Year Term
Jody Call (Wilkes Community College)
Curt Miller (Wilkes Community College)
Misty Bishop-Price (High Country Workforce Development Board)
3 Year Term
LeeAnn Nixon (Wilkes Economic Development Council)
Jim Martin (Wilkes Communications/DreamStreet Productions)
Rodney Shepherd (Shepherd Construction)
4 Year Term
Luke Mathis (Mathis Concrete)
Susan Taylor-Bachmeier (Atrium Health/Wake Forest Baptist Hospital)
Jason Shropshire (InfusionPoints)