Using this information, the Industry Partner, Community College and High School partners choose the associate degrees that provide the best foundation for students to begin careers. The Industry Partner also contributes to student learning through mentoring, curriculum development, site visits, internships and other workplace learning experiences.
While active engagement in a P-TECH school often comes through the leadership of corporate citizenship professionals, it also requires Industry Partners to utilize the full force of their company. This includes human resources staff, front-line managers, technical experts, in-house trainers, marketing staff, and in-house professional development staff.
In some areas, given the profile of local businesses, it may be necessary to identify a fairly large cohort of Industry Partners to provide adequate support, including mentors and internship opportunities. In these cases, a local industry association, chamber of commerce, workforce investment board or other local business group with experience in workforce development and community partnerships can be a very helpful intermediary to represent the Industry Partners in the planning phases and to limit the principal’s time recruiting individual businesses.