Innovative initiative to enhance district’s relation with business sector
JONESBORO– The Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) Department of Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) is launching a new initiative that is expected to have a profound affect on the way businesses and the school district co-exist.
The newly established CTAE Market University (Market U) is designed to establish a talent pipeline for 11th and 12th grade students to gain valuable industry experience and provide the private sector with highly qualified young adults to employ, mentor, inspire and lead. Through implementation of Market University, the school district is seeking to transform how teachers, students, businesses, industry and community partners relate and interact with one another.
“We are excited about the ‘game changing’ potential of this initiative,” said Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, CCPS Superintendent of Schools. “This professionally developed campaign will transform how we as a school district engage with local and regional businesses as well as attract additional businesses to our community.”
A key element of this initiative is CTAE Internship Recruitment Week, scheduled for January 22-26, 2018. The week is an opportunity for CCPS to connect well trained and highly qualified students with industry and business leaders to assist in addressing workforce needs as well provide students with real world, real work experience.
“CTAE Internship Recruitment Week is a week dedicated to recruiting students and businesses for the purpose of creating and filling internship opportunities which match the student's career objectives and passion,” said Dr. Eboni Chillis, CCPS Coordinator of CTAE.
An additional element of the program is the Market U Survey. Two surveys, one forstudentsseeking a work connection and the other forbusiness/industryseeking talent will work in tandem to pair each together in a working relationship.
“The surveys are important in that they are the vehicle that puts a student seeking to be associated with a business that is aligned with his or her pathway with a business seeking a student who is 16 years of age or older and who is ready to enter the world of work,” Chillis said. “We see this as a win-win opportunity for our students wanting real-world employment experiences and for area businesses seeking to build a functional relationship with the school district,” she added.