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ERIC Number: ED464211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 10
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One School...One Step.
Westberry, Lee
Overcoming parents' negative stereotypes of career and technical education (CTE) is the goal of the Business and Education Symposium (BES) at Stratford High School, Goose Creek, South Carolina. The BES program has these four main goals: (1) educate parents about the changing demands of the workforce, so as to affect student course selection; (2) give business leaders the opportunity to be heard, especially about what problems they are facing in their specific industries; (3) open the doors of communication so all parents and students may take CTE courses seriously as an avenue to success; and (4) open the doors of the school to businesses, so they can see what the school is doing to deal with the problems businesses face. Some of the steps taken by the school to develop and conduct the BES included making teachers more aware of programs offered and skills taught in CTE courses so they can better counsel students; developing business partnerships; developing networks of school and businesses; securing commitments from businesses to be represented on the evening of the BES; securing commitments from teachers and postsecondary professors to participate; advertising the program; evaluating the effectiveness of the program; showing appreciation to the participants; securing funding sources, and timing the program effectively. The symposium was very successful at Stratford, and it is expected to continue as an evening event every year. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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