The Higher Education Issue Work Group recognizes that there are not enough co-ops/internships for high school and college students in the community. A team is currently working with the schools to determine the needs and areas of concentration for these “hands-on” educational opportunities. In addition, a survey was distributed to community and business leaders in an effort to identify possible career and workplace opportunities that might be available and to determine factors influencing those opportunities.
Members of the group continue to research and collect data that will enhance understanding of issues around learning support for students entering higher education, and offer suggestions for reducing the number of students who require this additional assistance.
The Higher Education Issue Work Group is following the work of the MBA student that is assisting the Successful, Sustainable Industry Issue Group to bolster the image of technical jobs, particularly those in the floorcovering industry, as an avenue for recruiting more students into technical education. Additionally, members of the work group and others from our community will travel to Newnan, GA, for a tour of the Central Education Center on May 4. The Central Education Center is well-known for its strong partnership with local industry and for its exceptional technical/career readiness programs.
The next meeting of the Higher Education Issue Work Group is scheduled for May 2, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.