School-business partnerships make possible many remarkable learning opportunities for students in Greenbrier County with almost 140 school-business partnerships recognized by the WV Education Alliance Partners In Education Program. At its January 12 meeting, the Greenbrier County Board of Education celebrated the addition of Allegheny Genesis, Inc. and Greenbrier East High School (GEHS) to the roster of official school-business partners.
Representing Allegheny Genesis was company President Jordan Masters, a graduate of GEHS and horticulture student at WVU. Also representing Allegheny Genesis was company Vice President Jared Masters, a graduate of GEHS and a chef at The Sporting Club. Kevin Warfield, engineering instructor at GEHS and Greenbrier County Teacher of the Year, represented the school.
Among his many accomplishments as a young entrepreneur, Jordan Masters was recently awarded a $10,000 prize in the Hospitality and Tourism category of the 2015 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. With an interest in sustainable agriculture, he grows microgreens on his father’s farm in Greenbrier County which he sells to local restaurants. Through Allegheny Genesis, Jordan and Jared work together to expand use of alternative crops and sustainable agriculture in West Virginia.
After providing an overview of the exciting partnership activities which have GEHS students engaged in engineering and designing prototypes of new devices to be used in agriculture, the representatives signed partnership certificates provided by the WV Education Alliance.
Superintendent Sallie Dalton congratulated the partners for their efforts during the signing ceremony, expressing gratitude for the partnerships fostered by Warfield and pride in Jordan and Jared Masters for their success and for coming back to share their talents with students at Greenbrier East High School.