Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Education & Innovation Committee

“Developing Our Workforce for Today & Tomorrow”

Education & Innovation Committee Sponsor:


The Education & Innovation Committee provides a connection between the business community and educators, building partnerships that enhance the educational experience for students in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  Annual activities include:


  • Student Scholarship Program:  Raises funds and selects the winners for academic scholarships that reward students with a demonstrated commitment to academic success and the community.
  • Annual Education & Innovation Event: Spotlights businesses supporting education as it relates to workforce development, STEM, elementary, secondary, and higher education in our region. Also awards academic scholarships of $2,500 each to Student Scholarship Program winners.
  • National Young Readers Day: Coordinate volunteers to read at elementary schools throughout Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Volunteer as a reader for the next NYRD 2020! Contact Michelle Rao:  .
  • Speed Networking: Support local high school FBLAs (Future Business Leaders of America) and DECA in conducting a speed networking event that teaches students basic networking and interviewing skills. Here is a link to volunteer a little time to assist high school students!
  • Monthly Spotlight Speaker Series: Meet, learn about, and make connections with businesses and organizations that support education & innovation.
  • Work-Based Learning and Career & Technical Education (CTE)

The Committee’s Leadership: 

Education Chair: Michelle Rao, Laser Quest Corporation,; Education Vice-Chair: Ramunda Young, NVCC-Manassas,;

Innovations Chair: Zuzana Steen, Micron Technologies,    Innovations Vice-Chair, Eugene Brown, NOVA Checker Cab,

Workforce Development Volunteer Opportunities


When: January 30

Where: Stonewall High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane, Manassas

Need: Multiple engineers to share with HS students about their careers.




When: February 14th, 8-9:40 a.m.

Where: Osbourn High School, 1977 Eagle Way, Old Town Manassas

Need: Multiple engineers to share with HS students about their careers.

RSVP: Contact Dr. Trey Davis, or 571-377-6067



SUCCESS STEAM Conference for Middle School Girls 

When: Saturday, March 28, 10-noon

Where: Marsteller MS, Bristow

For more information, contact Susan Bardenhagen


STEAM Conference for Middle School Girls 

When: Saturday, April 18, 8-12 p.m.

Where: Louise A. Benton Middle School, 7411 Hoadly Road, Manassas, Virginia 20112

For more information contact Kelsey Moran, 703.791.8003,


FOR MANASSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Seeking Business Volunteers for the following Career Fair events. Please reach out to the point of contact listed to learn more.


School                                  Contact Person                 Email                                     Dates

Baldwin Elementary           Heather Hartman             Stay tuned for details on their “Career Wax Museum”

Jennie Dean Elementary    Emily George                    March 27th (tentative date)

Haydon Elementary           Sarah Myers                          stay tuned for date

Round Elementary              Taylor Hawkins                stay tuned for date

Weems Elementary             Leigh Corner                         April 17, 2020

Baldwin Intermediate        Lori White                               December 17, 2019

Mayfield Intermediate       Robert Vavrinak             March 27, 2020

Metz Middle School           Ms. Zayatz                                stay tuned for date

Osbourn High School         Larry Gilligan                    April 14, 2020


Join us for a meeting! This committee meets the 1st Tuesday monthly from 9:15-10:30 am.  Visit the online calendar for the latest meeting information or request to be added to the committee mailing list.





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