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Billings business-public schools project gets director - Nancy Korizek-Hines

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October 8, 2003View for printing

Nancy Korizek-Hines is looking forward to bringing together schools and businesses.

By SUSAN OLP Of The Gazette Staff

On Tuesday she started her new job as coordinator of Partners in Education, a joint project of the Education Foundation of Billings Public Schools and Celebrate Billings.

Korizek-Hines and her husband, Tony, founded H20, a Billings advertising agency.

"I 'retired,' to be home with my kindergarten-age daughter, but when I saw this position open I was very interested," she said Tuesday.

Korizek-Hines has a background in business and an interest in education. She will use the part-time position to formalize relationships between area schools and businesses.

Earlier this fall, the Billings Partners in Education kicked off its presence with an ice cream social to celebrate the first partnership, between Ponderosa Elementary and Kampgrounds of America.

Other partnerships have been formed in School District 2 in the past, but Partners in Education will help "create a solid foundation that marries the education side and the business side for the benefit of both sides."

Korizek-Hines will share an office with Anne Cole, executive director of the Education Foundation, on the fourth floor of Lincoln Center.

Kristianne Wilson, co-chair with John Cech of the Celebrate Billings Education Committee, said the $10,000 the committee donated toward funding the position is "a significant investment."

Wilson is vice president of strategic development for Deaconess Billings Clinic. She said last year that Celebrate Billings helped initiate Principal for a Day where business people spent a day with school principals. It was a way to expose members of the business community to area schools and educators.

Partners in Education is a natural follow-up to that effort, Wilson said, "a more substantial initiative in our community, a way to build and sustain partnerships."

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Reader Comments:

This is fantastic news!!

Congratulations to Billings.

Are there other similar programs in Montana? (Let us know and we'll post them on MATR.)

If there aren't, how can we replicate this program in every district in Montana? Building these long term relationships and exposing the students to the challenges and rewards of business is crucial to developing the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the state. Students can also have an amazing impact on companies with their innovative ideas.

Montana has an opportunity to develop long term programs that will do much for our economy.

What can you do in your community?


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