Education for Tomorrow Alliance was created in 1989 as a project of the The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and local science and technology professionals who wanted to encourage the next generation of workers, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Education for Tomorrow Alliance eventually became a separate 501(c)(3) with the focus of connecting business and community volunteers to empower tomorrow’s adults.
The mission of Education for Tomorrow Alliance is to connect business with local educators, mentor today’s students for tomorrow’s workplace, and engage community volunteers to inspire youth for success. EfTA fulfills this mission through Future Focus, the SCI://TECH Expo, and the Student Internship Program designed to give local students hands on learning opportunities in the STEM fields and beyond.
Education for Tomorrow Alliance programs are heavily dependent upon volunteer support. We serve as an ex officio member of the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce which both offer support to EfTA.
In addition, teachers and school administrators from the following schools and districts are vital EfTA partners: Christ Community School, Conroe ISD, The John Cooper School, Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy, Rubicon Academy, St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic School, The Woodlands Christian Academy, and The Woodlands Preparatory School.
Our internship program depends on our tremendous relationships with organizations including CISD, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Entergy Texas, Huntsman Corporation, Interfaith of The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Montgomery County Courthouse, Montgomery County United Way, PBK, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, and The Woodlands Township, among others who take student interns each year. Given that our mission is to connect the business and school communities, we exist to facilitate connections.
2016-17 Board of Directors
Corporate Communication & Public Affairs Strategist
Vice President, Private Banking
Susan Caffery, Ed.D., Secretary
Academy of Science & Technology
The Woodlands College Park High School
Kelley Carson, Vice Chair
Energy Efficiency Program Manager
Entergy Texas, Inc.
Assistant General Counsel-Intellectual Property
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LLP
Scott Harper, Chairman
Senior Major Giflts Director
YMCA of Greater Houston
Larry Harvey, ChFC
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
HFG Wealth Management
Co-founder & President
The Woodlands Young Learners Group
Vice President of Consumer Products
David McBride, Treasurer
Vice President, Environment, Health, & Safety
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
The Michels Firm, PC
Laura Lea Palmer
Vice President of Business Retention & Expansion
Economic Development Partnership
Mike Papadimitriou, Ed.D.
Academy for Science and Health Professions Conroe High School
Vice President, Research & Development Huntsman Corporation
Director of Marketing & Communication
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca Riley, Ed.D.
Lone Star College - Montgomery
Director of College Counseling
The John Cooper School
Manager of Application Development
Don Stockton, Ed.D.
Conroe Independent School District
First National Bank Texas
Senior Director, Strategic Operations