Houston County Schools are forming a new partnership with local businesses and communities. They want to collaborate with retailers, banks, manufactures, faith-based organizations, and more. School coordinators said this new partnership will enrich students’ educational experience.
“During the Christmas holiday, they did say they would love to have some individuals come in and talk to the students, of course with career day and things like that. Get different businesses to come in and talk to a class,” explained Ann Wells, Coordinator of the Business, Community, and Education Partnership of the Houston County School System.
Partners will accept ownership in the school system by sponsoring events and initiating activities that teach students about the workforce.
“It will definitely give our students an opportunity to see what's available in the workforce as well as the principals having an opportunity to do a Needs Assessment to determine what our children want to see,” said Beth Pittman, Director of Federal Programs at Houston County Schools.
Whiles donations are encouraged, volunteering is just as significant. Partners can read to young children or create internship programs for high school students. Educators said local businesses will also reap the benefits. After all, an experienced graduating senior makes for an appealing new employee.