Prime Partners with Springfield Public Schools

Prime Partners with Springfield Public Schools

Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has partnered with the Springfield R-12 School System in providing community-based instruction to high school, special education students. "We are excited about our partnership with the Springfield Public School System in participating in the BASE project," says Steve Crawford, General Counsel, Prime Inc. "We are optimistic that the project will be rewarding for everyone involved."

The Business Associated Student Education (BASE) project is designed for high school students 16 and older with an identified disability who have demonstrated a need or desire for vocational training outside the classroom. The project's mission is to develop and expand students' vocational competencies and work-related skills before they leave high school in order to ensure that they will be more capable when entering the labor market.

"At Prime Inc., we have a very talented family of associates who are eager to share their time and resources with the students of the BASE program," says Crawford. Prime employs approximately 550 non-driving associates in Springfield and has worked with BASE project staff to help place students in areas in which they show interest and promise. The students will "job shadow" a diverse group of Prime employees in an effort to develop career awareness, learn and practice specific job tasks, and model positive social skills.

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