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Wayne Education Network

Over the past couple of years the Chamber has been working to strengthen the business community’s involvement in the education of our children.  Education is critical to the long-term economic prosperity of our area and thus requires the attention of the entire community.

After many meetings, the Wayne Education Network (WEN) a program of the Wayne Charitable Partnership, Inc. was formed with representatives from the Wayne County Public Schools, Wayne Community College, Wayne County Development Alliance, Mount Olive College, Wayne County Public Library, Partnership for Children of Wayne County, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.  The group created an Education Council along with multiple committees working toward the benefit of education in our area.  These committees have begun work on projects like the Teacher Job Fair, an Educational Programs document which will show all the educational programs available in our area, an enhanced Teacher Incentive Package called “The Golden Rule ~ Our Business Measures Up~, Teacher Grants and Workforce Development, just to name a few.

Our Committees

  • Education Advisory Board
  • Education Council
  • Business & Education Programs
  • Workforce Development
  • Teacher Recruitment & Retention
  • Business & Education Partnerships
  • Literacy Connection
  • Outcomes & Assessments

Our Mission

The Wayne Education Network is a county-wide initiative created in 2009 to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in Goldsboro and Wayne County through programs and partnerships to enhance the educational and training opportunities available to students of all ages.

Our Goals

  • Advocate for the community on important educational issues and educational legislative issues.
  • To coordinate local businesses with the Board of Education in an effort to stimulate business involvement with education and to promote a better understanding of the needs of each.
  • Encourage and support communication between the Board of Education, the Wayne County Commissioners and the leadership within the business community.

Chamber’s Wayne Education Network Middle School Career Fair 
This event is held  at the Goldsboro Family YMCA. Each year over 1,500 middle school students including private, home schools and public schools are invited to participate in the event. Because of the age of the students, we encourage all exhibitors to provide some type of interactive presentation into their display. We are very excited with some of the changes that the committee has been working on to make this event better for the students and the businesses like yourself.

So that we have representation from as many of the 16 career clusters as possible, we are encouraging exhibitors to sign up Today! Completed registration forms can be emailed to Janet Brock at or faxed to (919) 734-2247. Please let feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Many thanks for your past commitment to our youth. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next Middle School Career Fair!

Speaker’s Bureau 

We are pleased to announce our latest initiative: ‘Speaker’s Bureau.’ We are seeking business professionals in the area to go into our 6th grade classrooms and share their experiences with the students. Research has shown us that this age is a pivotal time when a student may lose focus; what a great opportunity for our children to get excited about the many career opportunities available. Speakers Bureau Application

Junior Leadership Program

Do you like volunteer opportunities where you can have a great time, meet dynamic young people and come away feeling like your future is in great hands?  Then taking the time to volunteer with the Junior Leadership Wayne County Program may be just what you are looking for.  The opportunity to meet high school juniors from throughout the county provides insight into what a diverse and talented population we serve.

Each year 20 high school juniors commit to participate in this year long program.  The program is open to all Juniors who attend public, private, or parochial schools located in Wayne County.  Interested students should:

  • Have a solid “B” or above average.
  • Possess positive social skills.
  • Be involved in school and/or community activities.
  • Have a desire to learn more about Wayne County.
  • Be willing to commit to 100% participation.
  • Have good moral character.

Junior Leadership meets for seven full-day sessions, from October through May.  Participation in all events along with completion of 10 hours of volunteer service hours is required.  The graduation ceremony is held during the evening in May.  Parents are invited to attend the graduation event.

What would you be asked to do?  We need volunteers to serve on the Advisory Council, to plan program days, to chapter one program days, to plan Junior Leadership Graduation, to write press releases, etc.  This is a volunteer opportunity where you take away as many rewards as you provide services.

Applications for the Junior Leadership program are posted to this website at the beginning of the school year.

For more information contact:
Janet Brock

Wayne Education Network website



Contact Us

Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
308 N. William Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530