Economic Development: Connecting businesses to educational partners

Monday, October 22, 2018

Our schools represent the largest pool of untapped talent in our state. Real workforce development starts with creating stronger bonds between companies and local schools, linking two essential elements of our state’s talent development efforts.

It is important that we not leave the forging of those communication links solely to the schools themselves, but to engage with students from the business perspective and the community perspective. In addition to internships, apprenticeships and student-oriented job fairs, there are a variety of ways to let our students know that opportunities abound in local companies.

In addition to financial donations to schools that make our educational partners aware of our interest in partnering with them, we can connect in a variety of creative ways. Company tours can familiarize both teachers and students with the career choices available at local businesses. Materials for classes that relate to the industries close to home focus attention on those companies. Executives and team members can talk in business classes, participate in career days or volunteer at local schools to bridge the gap and help students know our commercial operations in new ways.

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