Taking Business to School

Taking Business to School: Publications

Xello is pleased to support ACTE and CTE practitioners through the production of a series of publication briefs and resources to delve deeper on topics within ACTE’s Quality CTE Program of Study Framework: Business and Community Partnerships.

Taking Business to School: Vancouver Public Schools & TechSmart

TechSmart — a company dedicated to helping young people develop the skills they need to enter the growing field of computer science — has a unique model for developing computer science skills: the company builds educators’ capacity to effectively teach coding to K-12 students. Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) in Washington state was one of TechSmart’s early partners in adopting the coding and computer science curriculum.

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Taking Business to School: A Resource Guide for Building an Employer Partner Engagement Plan

This toolkit is intended to be used by program leaders who have some prior work-based learning (WBL) experience and are interested in expanding the scope and/or quality of their programs through improved employer partner engagement.

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Taking Business to School: Gateway Technical College and SC Johnson

Gateway Technical College and SC Johnson are two institutions that have called Racine, Wisconsin, home for more than 100 years. Both institutions have a deep commitment to supporting and strengthening their community – Gateway through providing education and training opportunities to residents of Racine and its surrounding counties, and SC Johnson through its corporate values that include a focus on building strong communities in the locations where it operates around the globe, including its global headquarters in Racine.

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Taking Business to School: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has a strong commitment to supporting education initiatives that foster students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Grand Forks Public Schools has established a highly successful and globally competitive robotics engineering program over the last several years.

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Taking Business to School: WSU-Tech and Snap-On

Wichita, Kansas, is known as the “Air Capital of the World.” The city is home to several large aviation manufacturing companies and aviation maintenance centers and is one of five global aviation clusters in the United States (WSU Tech, 2021). The aerospace and aviation industry contributes $7 billion to the state’s GDP, and Kansas has the third largest concentration of aviation workers in the country (Kansas Department of Commerce, 2021).

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Taking Business to School: West-MEC and Palo Verde Generating Station

Palo Verde Generating Station near Phoenix, Arizona, is the largest nuclear energy facility in the United States. In 2014, it recognized a talent pipeline challenge on two fronts. The average age of its workforce was increasing with many workers approaching retirement age, so the company was searching for young workers ready to enter the energy field.

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