How to Build Partnerships with the Business Community

There's no doubt that schools can benefit from the resources and expertise of local businesses. In this quick resource roundup, we explore how to initiate and foster business partnerships.

There's no doubt that schools can benefit from the resources and expertise of local businesses. In this quick resource roundup, we explore how to initiate and foster business partnerships.

1. Learn why the business community has a stake in education.

While it might seem intimidating to ask for support from the business community, they have a vested interest in great education. Here are some voices from the business world explaining why.


2. Get inspired by examples of businesses partnering with schools.

Some schools build a strong partnership with a single business, and some gather different kinds of support from different businesses and community members.


3. Explore the ways in which local businesses can get involved.

From donating supplies to offering internships to freeing up employees to be mentors, there are a variety of ways businesses can leverage their resources to support schools.


4. Find specific tools for cultivating business partnerships.

Once you've identified your goals in creating a partnership, then what? Here are a few articles with practical advice for starting and maintaining those relationships.


5. Connect with other educators.

Have questions about career and technical education? Want to share your experiences? Edutopia's Groups are your go-to place to make connections and talk to others about this topic.





And be sure to visit our Schools That Work package, Merging Career Tech and College Prep.

This article originally published on 9/27/2010

see more see less

Comments (1)

Comment RSS
Vending Machine Business

Awesome Post...

Was this helpful?
0

Awesome post very much informative... This post was very much helpful for me...

see more see less