Current and Past Partners and Sponsors
- Golden Leaf Foundation, Inc.
- Elizabeth City State University
- College of the Albemarle
- Sentara Healthcare
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Kenan Charitable Trust
- Elizabeth City Foundation
- DRS Technologies
- Telephonics Corporation
- Vector CSP, LLC
- US Coast Guard
- NC Department of Public Instruction
- Port Discover
- NASA NC Space Grant
- Museum of the Albemarle
- Lazy Weekends Landscaping
The Business Alliance Mission:
To create a collaborative school-to-work ecosystem that encourages business/industry and the STEM school to share knowledge, expertise and to develop learning experiences that produce innovative career pathways for students resulting in a highly skilled STEM workforce able to drive economic prosperity in the region.
Business Alliance collaborations include:
Guest speakers: present examples of advanced uses of technology in an industry, the variety of career opportunities, and what preparation/skills necessary to follow those careers
Field trips: Host a field trip for classes of up to 50 students
Job shadowing: a short-term opportunity for a student to spend a day on the job with an employee in a career field of interest to them
Technical assistance: virtual communication with a student project team to assist with accessing resources, information, coaching in problem design and solution
Mentoring: virtual communication supplemented by occasional face to face meetings to coach a student in career interests, assist in providing information/skills related to student project work
Assessment: serving on a non-teacher panel to assess student projects and provide feedback. Can also include assisting the school in developing credible (to employers) assessments of student skills and abilities
Internships: opportunities of varying duration (from 3-4 days to 1-2 weeks up to 10 weeks) for students or faculty to learn and apply career-related content and skills on the job
Authentic problem and project-based learning: partner with faculty to identify a promising problem or project in the industry that provides an opportunity for students to learn and apply STEM and future ready skills. May involve planning with teachers, assistance in presenting the problem to students, coaching student teams, and/or serving on an assessment panel to judge and provide feedback on proposed solutions
Apprenticeships: participation in a semester or year-long apprenticeship with commitment to hire after graduation upon successful completion
Curriculum design: advise school regarding credentials, certifications, coursework, tools and equipment
Join the Business Alliance today! Here are just a few of the benefits:
Directly impacting the quality of graduates entering the workforce by assisting in their preparation
Improving the quality and rigor of STEM-related education throughout the region
Recruiting some of the most promising candidates for future positions
Offering renewed hope to students, families and communities for middle-income jobs and a renewed economy
Exposing students to real-life work situations
Modeling the importance and value of community service to your employees
Mentoring and coaching students to discover their career interests and talents, and successfully complete the education needed for that career
Enhancing your organization’s image in the community, therefore expanding your branding and marketing efforts
Increasing business opportunities
Supporting your community relations program by providing tax-deductible donations and/or hands-on volunteer experiences to a diverse student population
WOULD YOU LIKE TO…
Be a GUEST SPEAKER in a classroom?
Host a FIELD TRIP at your office or work site?
Be a MENTOR/CAREER COACH (electronic with occasional face to face meetings)?
Offer a JOB SHADOWING opportunity (typically one day to follow you at work)?
Offer TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: virtual communication with a student project team to assist with accessing resources, information, coaching in problem design and solution?
Serve on an ASSESSMENT PANEL: assess student projects and provide feedback?
Help DEVELOP CREDIBLE ASSESSMENTS: assist the school faculty in developing credible (to employers) assessments of student skills and abilities?
INTERNSHIPS (Student): Each student is required to complete an internship of 6 – 8 weeks before graduating. Both paid and non-paid opportunities are welcomed for students to learn and apply career-related content and skills on the job
INTERNSHIPS (Faculty): Faculty eagerly seek summer experiences to learn more about how academic, STEM-related knowledge and skills are applied in industry. Both paid and non-paid opportunities are welcomed. Ideally can continue with a project-based partnership described next.
Assist faculty to develop AUTHENTIC PROBLEMS AND PROJECTS: partner with faculty to identify a promising problem or project in the industry that provides an opportunity for students to learn and apply STEM and future ready skills. May involve planning with teachers, assistance in presenting the problem to students, coaching student teams, and/or serving on an assessment panel to judge and provide feedback on proposed solutions
Offer an APPRENTICESHIP: work on developing apprenticeship opportunities for students?
Please contact Holly Luther at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 562-0653 for more information.