Business and Community Partnerships

Business and community partnerships are one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop and support high-quality business and community partnerships. This page is under development; additional resources and tags will be added in summer 2018. 

Employer Engagement Strategies

Taking Business to School Case Study Series
ACTE, various

Partnerships Make CTE Aviation Training Soar
Todd, ACTE Techniques Magazine, January 2018

Finding and Engaging Business Partners
Pawlowski, ACTE Techniques Magazine, March 2016

The Role of Industry-Education Partnerships in Creating Career Pathways
King, ACTE Techniques Magazine, March 2016

The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education: Employer Engagement at Its Best 
Leveridge, ACTE Techniques Magazine, March 2016

Industry Support Helps EVIT CTE Programs Thrive
Todd, ACTE Techniques Magazine, March 2016

Creating Industry Relationships That Work
Mclaverty et. al, ACTE Techniques Magazine, May 2015

Joining Hands: CTE Programs Partner With Employers for Success 
Jackson, ACTE Techniques Magazine, January 2014

Business and Industry and Greene County Career Center Succeed as a Team 
Keller and Schroer, ACTE Techniques Magazine, March 2013

A Public + Private Mashup for Computer Science Education 
Wang, ACTE Techniques Magazine, January 2013

The State of Career Technical Education: Increasing Access to Industry Experts in High Schools
Advance CTE, December 2016

The State of Career Technical Education: Employer Engagement in CTE
Advance CTE, January 2014

In Their Words: Why Business Leaders Support CTE, Career Pathways and Career Academies
Advance CTE, November 2016

Integrating Industry-Driven Competencies in Education and Training Through Employer Engagement
White House Summit on Community Colleges, January 2012

A Framework for Evaluating Implementation of Community College Workforce Education Partnerships and Programs
SRI Education, August 2015

Developing Successful Partnerships with Business and the Community
Various authors, New Directions for Community Colleges, 2002

Advisory Boards

Lessons in Collaboration: Principles in the Governance of an Industry Advisory Board

Advisory Boards: Gateway to Business Engagement
Meeder and Pawlowski, ACTE Techniques Magazine, February 2012

Advisory Committees Provide Job Insurance
Arrants, ACTE Techniques Magazine, November-December 2011

Developing a “High-Impact” Industry Advisory Board
McIntyre, North Dakota State University, February 2015

Addressing the Challenges of Growing an Effective Advisory Committee
Biggerstaff, The CTE Journal, Fall 2016

Guides and Toolkits

Employer Engagement Toolkit ($)
Pawlowski and Katz, 2014

Partnership Guide for Career Academies
Career Academy Support Network, 2010

Connecting Community Colleges with Employers: A Toolkit for Building Successful Partnerships
Mann, Brookings Institution, July 2017

Building Advisory Boards That Matter ($)
Pawlowski and Meeder, 2012

Forms on File: Advisory Boards ($)
Suddreth, 2015

Career Pathways Advisory Committee Toolkit
Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), 2011

Colorado CTE Advisory Committee Handbook
Colorado Community College System, March 2016

New Jersey CTE Program Advisory Committee Handbook
New Jersey Department of Education

North Dakota Program Advisory Committee Guide
North Dakota Department of CTE, 2017