ERIC Number: EJ779062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Business Alliances Improve Career Awareness
Kirkpatrick, Megan E.; Droessler, Christopher L.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v82 n8 p24-26 Nov-Dec 2007
Preparing every student to make knowledgeable career choices through academic rigor and work-based learning experiences requires a systematic, comprehensive and community-wide effort. Schools cannot truly prepare their students for productive and rewarding careers in an academic vacuum. Engaging business and community leaders, who may someday hire the students, is essential to building a thriving, productive community. Educators teach the curriculum, but business volunteers make it relevant. This article describes how the Wake County Public School system in Raleigh, North Carolina, works with local business leaders from the public and private sectors to give students relevant and realistic career experiences. Today the community is reaping the benefits of what has become a mature, sustaining, collaborative partnership between the business community and education in a program called the Business Alliance Initiative. The life experience and career expertise that the business volunteers provide is priceless. The initiative's intent is not to approach businesses with an outstretched hand looking for money or equipment, but rather to seek out their life experiences and business contacts to help improve career awareness for all students and educators.
Descriptors: Community Leaders, Business, Partnerships in Education, Volunteers, Career Awareness, School Business Relationship, Educational Resources, Labor Force Development, Career Choice, School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Descriptions
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina