For Immediate Release: August 26, 2014 – The Beaver County Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is a collaborative effort to connect the dots between education and business. This collaboration will benefit not only the local school districts, their students, and teachers, but also the business community, and reflective industries.
The vision of the project, Beaver County Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, is to “connect the dots between education & business.” This vision cannot be accomplished by just a one-and-done career day, this is a year-long initiative. The Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Team, which is comprised of community leaders, education representatives, business and industry representatives and others, has three main goals that we hope to achieve:
- For the Family/Community: An opportunity for employers to communicate skills needed in jobs and helping to bridge relationships between the education community and business & industry.
- For the Family/Community: We hope to educate the individuals who can influence students career decisions by involving parents, teachers, administrators and guidance staff.
- For the Schools/Students: The goal is to influence the pursuit of High Priority Occupations (HPO) in the Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Sectors by having students gain a better understanding of the skill set and educational needs for these industries. Also, to create student and school awareness for Post-High School opportunities (which range from apprenticeship programs to a career that requires a Master’s Degree and beyond).
- Lastly, we aim to open the lines of communications between employers and schools, to encourage future opportunities for career awareness and relating activities.
We have taken this vision and created a website, www.energyampartnership.com, to be utilized as a resource for all your questions surrounding the energy and advanced manufacturing industries. The main audiences for this website are Parents, Students, Educators and the Business Community. The goal was not to reinvent any resources already in existence. This website was designed to be a one-stop-shop compiled of resources around the community, region and globe. This website can be used in the following ways:
- Parents and Students can utilize this website as a resource to connect the dots to what students are learning in the classroom and how this translates into your future job or career, including some items such as: what skills, certificates, degrees etc. are needed in your field of interest, including job descriptions, pay grade and more.
- Educators will be able to view resources to be used in the classroom which will help bring to life any curriculum centered around the energy and advanced manufacturing industries. Educators will also be able to search for outside of the classroom hands-on learning opportunities for students and themselves. Educators and community organizations can also share projects that are happening in their school and/or community for further engagement by other districts as well as the business community.
- Business Community can utilize this website as a resource to become aware and involved in school/community projects, as well as offer resources themselves, such as: hosting an educator in the workplace, provide a classroom tour of your facility, and the ability to provide a speaker for an interested classroom. There is also sponsorship information, exhibitor information for our actual Day Event and additional resources for the business community.
- All audiences can utilize the website submission form on our homepage to submit a question they have about the energy and advanced manufacturing industries, that will be answered by industry representatives.
Lastly, one of the most exciting features of this website is our “Where Are They Now?” section, which features Beaver County Alumni Stories as well as an opportunity to submit a story. This is just another avenue to help connect the dots and let current students, parents and educators see where alumi from their high schools have been able to gain a career and success, within the energy & advanced manufacturing industries.
The current committee for this partnership includes representatives from: Beaver County Chamber of Commerce; Job Training for Beaver County, Inc.; Community College of Beaver County; Beaver County Career & Technical Center; Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit; The Franklin Center of Beaver County, Inc.; Catalyst Connection; Junior Achievement of Western PA; Builders Guild of Western PA; Consumer Energy Alliance; Ardex Americas; Range Resources; c3controls; Columbia Gas of Pa; Penn State University (Beaver Campus); Geneva College