Business & Industry Partnerships
Building Strong Partnerships Between Education and Business & Industry
Strong business and industry partnerships are the key to maximizing opportunities and relevancy for Georgia's students . Under Superintendent Woods' leadership, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) hired an Economic Development Liaison to build partnerships with business and industry, work with other state agencies including the Department of Labor and Economic Development, and spearhead initiatives that connect offerings from local school districts to area employment needs. Working with Economic Development, GaDOE is providing grants to schools to foster partnerships and expand career-related opportunities for students.
Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) staff at GaDOE participated in business and industry externships -- spending time working at job sites and learning about the needs of Georgia businesses. Last year, regional meetings were held across the state with education and business leaders coming together to discuss how to start and grow partnerships.
GaDOE has launched the Georgia Career Pipeline tool to help local districts match career pathways offered at high schools to area job demands. GaDOE is working with Rockdale County Schools to pilot a Career Coach initiative, which will focus on support high school students with selecting a career and planning for post-secondary education.
Looking ahead, GaDOE will be asking local districts to award diploma seals for graduates who complete CTAE career pathways and will be rolling out a new Economic Development designation for districts who form strong partnerships with regional business and industry.
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