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Helping business by helping education
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IN BRIEF: Local businesses gathered to learn how they can become involved in the Rockdale County Public Schools system during the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce's annual "I Can Do That" luncheon and networking event at the Rockdale Career Academy on Tuesday.

Chamber president Lorraine Harrison said, "Much of our economic development is based on the quality of our educational program."

The chamber's Education Committee Chair Scott Hartsell described three basic resources companies could contribute - "time, treasures, talent."

"Time is actually more valuable," said Hartsell. "Students need your help in any way."

Specific programs described included Partners in Education; the mentoring program; Work Based Learning apprenticeships, internships, shadowing and other career-related activities; Academic Booster Club; the Rockdale Foundation for Excellence in Education; and general volunteering.

This year, the Work Based Learning program has 95 students enrolled with about 60 businesses, about 45 of which are outside of Rockdale.

Representatives from large businesses, such as Rockdale Medical Center, and small businesses, such as Roger Cannon's Photography Studio, spoke about their involvement in the school system as well.

For more information about participating in any of the above programs, contact Hartsell at or RCPS spokesperson Cindy Ball at