The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Education and Workforce Committee, chaired by Demaune Millard, President & CEO of the Family League of Baltimore, has just released “Creating a Successful School/Business Partnership: A Guide for Schools and Businesses” as part of the GBC’s ongoing efforts to support quality educational opportunities for Baltimore City School System students.
GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises have been collaborating to find ways the GBC and Baltimore’s business community can support city schools and students. One aspect of this work is to support and nurture partnerships between businesses and city schools.
Research has shown that there is an emerging gap in community and family based support for schools. Businesses can help to fill this gap through school/business partnerships, which can benefit students from exposure to working professionals and career opportunities, as well as allow businesses to showcase their brand and cultivate their future workforce.
But successful school/business partnerships take work, clearly communicated roles and outcomes, and commitment to ongoing communication and follow-up. Through the publication of this guide, the GBC can support those interested in creating and sustaining successful and effective School/Business partnerships by providing guidance and best practices to both school-based partners and business partners.
One of the GBC’s pillars of economic development states that a necessary component is a “Workforce that is highly educated and meets Maryland’s business needs. Maryland’s secondary and higher education institutions must offer access to quality instruction at all levels and cultivate a workforce that is well-suited to a modern economy and to the specific needs of Maryland’s business sectors.” The GBC remains committed to advocating for policies that improve education, as well as to provide direct assistance to ensure quality education for our region’s students, through GBC and business involvement.
For more information on “Creating a Successful School/Business Partnership: A Guide for Schools and Businesses” or the GBC’s Education and Workforce Committee, please email Teresa Milio Birge, Senior Policy Analyst/Special Assistant at email@example.com.