Back in 1992, when I was asked to lead the Education Committee for the Ventura County Economic Development Assn., my fellow committee members and I didn't know quite what to expect. We knew there were critical needs on the part of area schools, teachers and students, as well as on the part of the county's business community, but we were not sure how to go about bringing the two sides together.
In an effort to guide our steps, the committee decided on a basic philosophy that can be summed up in our official slogan: "A Handshake, not a Handout."
Three years have passed and the Education Committee has done some fantastic work. However, much of it would not have been possible without the dedication of Dr. Charles Weis, superintendent of Ventura County Schools. Chuck has worked tirelessly to bring together public schools and business resources.
His latest effort includes linking the newly formed Conejo Industrial Education Council with our committee, bridging the gap that sometimes exists between the east and west ends of the county.
The students, parents, teachers and administrators in Ventura County are fortunate to have Charles Weis at the helm. So, too, is the business community.