ERIC Number: EJ707137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
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Cooperative Planning for Rural Job Creation
Kellogg, Robert C.
School Administrator, v61 n9 p46 Oct 2004
Rural school districts across the country have seen a serious loss of employment opportunities for families in their communities. Even when jobs exist, they are often low-level service jobs that do not provide wages that encourage young people to grow roots. When good jobs are available, often those jobs are outsourced to other low-wage areas, including foreign countries. In northeastern Wisconsin, schools are working together on a program with other public and private groups to turn around these losing demographics. The job losses have hit hard in the area served by the author's intermediate educational agency. Local woodworking factories have closed. Once-solid manufacturing operations have closed their doors forever. Rather than chasing those few out-of-town businesses looking for a new home, the author's agency joined with several local entities, large and small, to build a community partnership that now has led to an award-winning cooperative home-building program. They are an area partnership of schools, government and local businesses with education playing a central role. The group of public and private representatives mapped out several tasks. It was decided to build a strong community council focusing on job development. Limited capital was pooled to better support the plan. Because schools are a resource for community education and the place where potential employees can be trained, they had a strong place at the table. Cooperative job development requires building a systematic planning and monitoring of processes. Keeping their high-achieving students at home or providing reasons for them to return after college or military commitments becomes central to building a viable community. Without a plan for accomplishing this, rural schools lose their most important resource for their survival--the children of returning students.
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Employment Opportunities, Cooperative Planning, Rural Schools, Job Development, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin