“The idea is to bring abstract concepts to life to make them easier to understand.”
Those words are the crux of a recent 1,000 word profile ofÂ a school-industry partnership between Southwire, a Georgia-based manufacturer and itsÂ local school district called 12 for Life that is designed to tie education — particularly in math and science — to career skills.
In the report, the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan House documents collaboration between company executives whoÂ were “increasingly alarmed by their difficulty finding reliable employees, a problem they attributed at least in part to an elevated high-school dropout rate” and school officials to build a program that ties four hoursÂ working with experienced professionals on Southwire’s factory floor toÂ eight hours of classroom learning in an innovative summer school experience.
Though restricted to the Manufacturing Career Cluster, the Southwire partnership is a model for positive employer engagement. ItÂ embodies principle two ofÂ Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education, asan active partnership between employers and educators that delivers a dynamic experience to local high schoolers, andÂ has already demonstrated a positive return on investment (principle five) for the company.
Against the backdrop ofÂ Georgia’s new bill expanding youth apprenticeship programs to increaseÂ work-based learning opportunities, Southwire provides a clear example of Learning that works for Georgia.
Learn more aboutÂ the program here.
Evan Williamson, Communications Associate
FOLLOW UP: Forbes also profiled Southwire’s 12 for Life initiative in theirÂ August 18 edition. That story is available here.