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.