• Business Advisory Council - Education Partnership


    Impact the Future! The workforce of tomorrow is in our schools today!


    The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to connect and support the career trajectory of the schools in our school district. There are many ways to partner in the Apopka Area Chamber Business Advisory Council. Please let us know which program offerings you are interested in so we can connect with you for our inaugural meeting in the January.

    2021/2022 School Year - Business Advisory Council meets quarterly and consists of representatives from local businesses, educational institutions, companies, and organizations who help guide the local high school magnet and vocational training programs toward their mission of providing innovation and advisement on career trends and changes in each business sector, so students are well rounded in understanding how to move forward in their career path. Annual and Quarterly Committee Sponsorship is available.

    Apopka High School

    Medical Magnet

    Engineering Magnet

    Diesel Mechanics 


    Early Childhood Education




    Wekiva High School

    Culinary Magnet

    Agri-Science Magnet

    Laser Photonics Magnet

    Dance, Drama & Theater Arts

    Technical Design



    Annual Business Showcase Event

    The Business Advisory Council supports an annual event for our business community to network with students and faculty. This is a great opportunity for all stakeholders to come together to share career and college information.

    This is a Business Advisory Council fundraising event to support scholarships and any special curriculum showcase projects.

    Guest Speakers

    Students and instructors benefit greatly when someone from the business world comes into the classroom and shares their experiences and knowledge about their workplace and career field.

    Industry Curriculum Roundtable Support

    During quarterly meetings Instructors engage in conversations with business partners to work with classroom instructors and students to provide academic support. The focus is to give “real world” experiences in the workplace and to keep up-to date industry supported curriculum, to encourage the professional development of great future industry professionals.

    Our partners share industry knowledge to provide information on career awareness and opportunities in the workplace.


    Mentors meet one-on-one with students during the school year and act as supportive listeners, role models and personal coaches. As a mentor you will provide guidance, career exploration, academic assistance, and advice on personal development.

    Mentors are screened and trained in a two-hour workshop and make a one-year commitment to a student.


    Sponsorship opportunities are available! Sponsorships are always welcome to support our academic clubs in competitive events at regional, state and national levels. Local businesses are asked to sponsor student-oriented activities by providing in-kind donations and/or financial support.

    Depending on the business sector, there are industry clubs that provide invaluable experience for students to compete, collaborate, network, and travel. Sponsorships are a great way to assist with this additional experience and enrichment for area students to participate.

    Committee Opportunities

    The Executive "committee" is the driving force of the Business Advisory Council. The Executive Committee decides on the focus and initiatives that will best serve the students and the community and support the efforts to getting things done!

    Executive Business Advisory Council Executive Positions


    Vice Chairman




    • Apopka High School – Principal, Lyle Heinz
    • Wekiva High School – Principal, Dr. Tamara Baker-Drayton

    School Liaison

    Executive Committee-Positions

    Curriculum Chair

    Industry Professional-SMEs, Co-Chairs

    • Health
    • Engineering
    • Culinary
    • Agri-science
    • Diesel
    • Business

    Fundraising Chair

    Fundraising Co-Chair

    Work Site Tours/Internship

    Marketing & Communications Chair

    Marketing & Communications- Co-Chair