North Carolina’s changing economy can’t wait for a workforce with the skills that employers need now and that the state requires to thrive in the global marketplace. Global corporations, regional businesses, and entrepreneurial ventures alike demand employees with 21st century skills.
Schools and employers are joining forces to prepare all students for life after high school –- with the skills and love for learning required to continue their education and embark on a successful career path. The state’s business community -– particularly those companies in STEM-related industries, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics -– plays a critical role by connecting educators and students to the career skills and resources needed today and in the future.
North Carolina New Schools takes an innovative approach to creating partnerships between schools and employers. These strategies directly impact students by preparing them for success in North Carolina’s growing economy.
- Student Work-Based Experiences: Industry professionals provide students with critical skills development and career exposure by offering a continuum of work-based learning opportunities, ranging from career awareness activities to job shadowing to mentoring to internships and apprenticeships. These experiences introduce students to the world beyond school and provide critical relevance for students who might otherwise lose interest in learning.
- Educator Industry-Based Experiences: Connecting educators directly with industry professionals helps teachers integrate career relevance into their classrooms. Business leaders host industry immersion experiences, engaging teachers in hands-on activities through externships and field studies. They engage with teachers through roundtable discussions, statewide professional development opportunities and school-based workshops to identify workforce skills and career pathways with growth opportunities for today’s graduates.
- Business and Community Engagement: Industry partners help scale innovation by joining local school advisory boards and regional Industry Innovation Councils. The regional councils convene more than 80 companies and organizations from key industry sectors and higher education to develop model approaches to education-industry partnerships and to advocate for public and private strategic investment in education innovation. The councils reflect deep connections to areas of growth in our state’s economy.
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