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.

 

 

Some examples of this collaboration are listed below:

 

  • 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

 

What will my company gain from a partnership with NEAAAT?

  • Directly impact the quality of graduates entering the workforce by assisting in their preparation
  • Improve the quality and rigor of STEM-related education throughout the region
  • Recruit some of the most promising candidates for future positions
  • Offer renewed hope to students, families and communities for middle-income jobs and a renewed economy
  • Expose students to real-life work situations
  • Model the importance and value of community service to your employees
  • Mentor and coach students to discover their career interests and talents, and successfully complete the education needed for that career
  • Enhance image in the community, therefore expanding your branding and marketing efforts
  • Increase business opportunities
  • Support 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 TECHNICALASSISTANCE: 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 nonpaid 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 nonpaid 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?