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Our History

The Wilson Education Partnership was originally formed as the Wilson County Education Foundation in 1989. The Foundation was organized to raise funds to promote and enhance the educational programs in Wilson County Schools. Programs included mini-grants, student scholarships, awards for staff excellence, retiree recognition and recognition of student academic achievements.

In 1991, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce established the Business and Education Partnership (BEP) to create a working relationship between business and education leaders to strengthen the public schools.  The BEP coordinated an economics education program, recognition of vocational education students and the Adopt-A-School program.

In 1993, the Foundation and BEP merged, becoming the Wilson Education Partnership (WEP). This merger unified two community groups to provide a more focused alignment of community resources toward improving local public schools.

Today the WEP is made up of business leaders who work hand-in-hand with educators to provide supplemental financial support, advocacy, leadership and professional expertise that benefits students and staff in Wilson County’s public schools.


Our Mission

To work with Wilson County Schools, businesses and the community to promote excellence in public education.


Our Vision

We enrich and empower students by building relationships and engaging businesses, public schools, parents and community.


Our Purpose

The Wilson Education Partnership is a community-based, nonprofit organization established to coordinate, encourage and assist educational functions to benefit the students and staff in Wilson County’s public schools. Serving as an affiliate of Wilson County Schools and the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership links education with our community’s businesses, industries, organizations and individuals.


Our Functions

  • Conduit for information, resources, and ideas to flow between businesses and schools.
  • Convener to bring together leaders from business, education, government, and the community.
  • Catalyst for new ideas and school programs.
  • Communicator that helps to educate the public about current issues in public education.
  • Collaborator that creates partnerships and cooperative working relationships.


Our Focus Areas

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Support for Educators