Meet Jacqui Guillette, our December 2019 Winner
Guillette's greatest accomplishments in manufacturing actually began soon after her retirement from her position as Claremont's district superintendent. She teamed up with John Olson, CEO of Whelen Engineering, to engineer an entirely philanthropic education program for all grade school-level students to change the negative stigma associated with the manufacturing industry. Whelen Engineering provided the funding and resources for the program, and Guillette was the key player in implementing curriculums that not only abided by district and state standards but were also engaging and exciting for students.
Once the program was outlined, Guillette was able to move it quickly through the approval process. Because of her experience as superintendent, she knew "how to [get approval from the] curriculum committee, how to do the budget, and how to do the transportation," she explains. After presenting her plans to the school board, she asked the high school principal to see how many students were interested in participating. "We had more kids sign up than we had room for," Guillette says.
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