School Business Partnerships involve students, teachers, businesses and community agencies working together to promote educational excellence, educational relevance, employability standards, and expanded opportunities for our youth in their pursuit of education. Business people can inspire the value of free enterprise, business, and economics and in return students interact positively with local businesses.
A school business partnership can be defined as a mutually supportive relationship between a business and a school or school district in which the partners commit themselves to specific goals and activities intended to benefit students and schools. In most cases, partnering is a win-win situation for all involved parties. In addition to improving the educational experience, the business partners frequently will realize benefits as well, such as enhanced goodwill and a stronger presence in the community.
School business partnerships encourage learning while providing real life experiences. Students often ask the questions--Why am I learning this? and When will I ever use this again? School business partnerships provide students with real life situations answering these very questions. By partnering resources, the program integrates school curriculum with real world lessons. The shared resources provide dynamic win-win opportunities for everyone involved including recognizing both the students and participating businesses in partnerships.
How can a business benefit from a school partnership?
* Become involved in the community and local schools
* Help prepare a workforce that requires less on-the job-training
* Expose students to unfamiliar careers
* Inspire students to stay in school
* Participate in various school activities
* Enhance the community through in-kind contributions
* Positive public relations and recognition
* Students may encourage their family to be a patron of your business
How can a school benefit from a business partnership?
*Adult role models share expertise not usually shared with students
* Increase in resources and services enhance the education of students
* Provide assistance to teachers and administrators
* Improve understanding of the business world
* Create real life, meaningful, learning situations
* Reinforcement of what teachers are teaching
How can businesses be involved in the schools?
There are many ways to be involved in the schools. Here are a few examples:
- classroom speakers
- assist with student recognition
- encourage employability
- teacher internships
- internship opportunities
- technology training
- job shadowing
- workplace tours or field trips
- sponsorship of materials
- be a member of an advisory board
- mentor or tutor
How do I Become a School Business Partner or find out more about School Business partnerships?
It's easy to become a school business partner. Just contact the School to Work Coordinator at 746-9282.