About the Partnership

 

Who are We? 

Wilson Education Partnership is a unique and focused non-profit organization committed to improving public education by partnering with local businesses and being the conduit between them, Wilson County Schools and the community. Business leaders on the board serve as a vital link for collaboration between all these entities to provide excellent educational opportunities, strong teachers, and college and workforce readiness. 

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

Provide educators with support and resources to help develop a strong workforce.

Organize student opportunities that help prepare them for college or workforce readiness.

Be a conduit for information, resources, and ideas to flow between businesses and schools.

Convene leaders from business, education, government, and the community to discuss economic impacts.

Be a catalyst for new ideas and school programs.

Provide students with skills and programs that help empower them.

Communicate current issues about public education to the community.

Creates partnerships and cooperative working relationships that will help strengthen our schools.

Organize opportunities for volunteers to become engaged.

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 excel-lence, 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 and community 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. 

WEP is able to provide support because of generous gifts made each year by in-vestments from businesses, individuals, and grants with the shared understanding that public education is central to a vibrant and healthy community.