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An education initiative of the Community Foundation of DeKalb County

School-Business Partnerships: What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished April 2015


School-Bus Partner Photo

Our vision

DeKalb County students attain outstanding performance as measured by academic, vocational, and civic achievement.

What we’ll accomplish

Increase the number of students prepared for work, post-secondary learning and career achievement.

Data we’re using to measure progress
  • Types of business and community partnerships involved with schools.
  • Number of connections made between teachers and community leaders through the Guest Speakers List.
  • Number of 9th – 12th grade students participating in experiential learning through DeKalb County schools.
  • Identification of additional types of mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses and schools.
Current status
  • The evidence is clear that students who participate in extracurricular activities in or outside of school are found to perform higher in math and reading compared to non-participants. Participants are also more likely to aspire to learning beyond high school compared to students who don’t participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Indiana is introducing its Career Ready campaign, April -July 2015, which “aims to (1) educate students about career options; (2) expose students of all ages to meaningful work-and-learn experiences; and (3) equip students with the education and skills required to succeed in their careers and meet Indiana’s economic needs.”
  • Career Ready activities are being planned locally by JR Watson (May 12), and Eastside High School (April 20-24). Both schools are looking for the involvement of career professionals in business and industry.
  • DeKalb High School has 4 students matched with 4 HOPE school-based mentors with a focus on career options. Recruitment of HOPE mentors is ongoing.
  • The number of junior and senior high school students attending the 2015 DeKalb County Career Expo,spearheaded by the DeKalb Chamber Partnership,decreased 34% from 2014 to 2015 (from 200 to 132).
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Partnering with successfully attended events in schools to showcase community organizations offering youth of various ages structured extra-curricular activities.
  • Discussing a pilot program, “Tuesday Talks”, at DeKalb High School for 2015-2016. Career professionals would visit the school during homeroom time and speak with groups of students about the range of career options within their high growth, high demand fields. Examples of some of the fields being discussed are healthcare,advanced manufacturing, and information systems.
  • Maintaining a database of community organizations that offer structured extracurricular activities for youth.
  • Maintaining a searchable database of 140 guest speakers willing to share their expertise with students and teachers.
  • Working with the DeKalb County Career Success Coalition to advance skill training and educational attainment, while avoiding duplication.
  • Working to identify a long-term measure to gauge the team’s progress toward meeting goals.

Apr 2015 K-12 School-Business Partnerships Overview (PDF)