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Sure B.E.T. executive director leaving post

By Sonny Long
June 7, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.


Rhonda Fotiades, executive director of Sure B.E.T. (Business and Education Together) since its inception, is leaving the organization on June 15.

Fotiades is going to work for Pioneer Natural Resources in its public relations department.

Fotiades said she is proud of the work Sure B.E.T. has done during the last nine years.

"The programs we are doing here are so effective," she said.

Sure B.E.T. has five mentoring labs in the Victoria school district, puts on a career fair and conducts a business sense program in the high schools that teaches resume writing, dressing for success, interviewing skills and money management.

"We recruit caring volunteers who specialize in each facet of that program and use those leaders who go into the schools and teach students those important skill sets," Fotiades said. "We have 200 to 250 volunteers in the schools every week, including mentors, helping students succeed. We couldn't do any of this without our vast number of community leaders and volunteers."

Sure B.E.T. sprung from the 2002 Human Capital Planning Team.

"That team consisted of a large group of concerned citizens who were worried about the direction of education and holes in the system," said Fotiades. "Sure B.E.T. acts as the liaison between the business community and the schools to decrease barriers to education."

The Victoria Business and Education Coalition, a nonprofit, is the parent organization of Sure B.E.T.

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