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Business & Education Partnership Opportunities

Questar III BOCES is partnering with schools in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties to develop collaborative opportunities between the business and education communities.

Benefits for Business Partners:

  • Educate students about potential careers in local industries
  • Work with schools to address workforce development needs
  • Provide businesses with the ability to offer expertise that connects school curriculum to their business needs
  • Educate, inspire and get involved in preparing our students to be college and career ready
  • Promote business collaboration on Questar III/district social media sites

Host Student Tours:

  • Educate students about your business
  • Highlight the knowledge, skills and training required
  • Spark curiosity, inspire and motivate
  • Stress the opportunities available in your professional world for ALL students

Collaborate with Teachers and/or Students:

  • Help teachers bring relevancy to classroom learning
  • Bring real world business thinking to classroom curriculum
  • Help mentor students on real world projects and problem solving tasks that are relevant to your business
  • Dedicate 8 hours of collaboration time with teachers

Be a Guest Speaker:

  • Share the pathways and insights that lead to your profession
  • Discuss the education and training required to pursue this career
  • Discuss opportunities related to your field
  • Share your passion for the job!

Provide Student Internships:

  • Provide short term (one day) shadowing experiences for students
  • Host a student(s) intern in your business and engage them in workplace activities for 55 hours over the course of the school year
  • Educate students regarding future opportunities in your industry
  • Mentor a student…engage, motivate, inspire
  • Bring the real world to students

Teacher Professional Development:

  • Host a teacher for a day or longer
  • Educate the teachers about your business, highlighting the skills and training required
  • Share how your business develops collaboration, leadership and management skills with their employees

 

Benefits for Business Partners:

  • Educate students about potential careers in local industries
  • Work with schools to address workforce development needs
  • Provide businesses with the ability to offer expertise that connects school curriculum to their business needs
  • Educate, inspire and get involved in preparing our students to be college and career ready
  • Promote business collaboration on Questar III/district social media sites

Host Student Tours:

  • Educate students about your business
  • Highlight the knowledge, skills and training required
  • Spark curiosity, inspire and motivate
  • Stress the opportunities available in your professional world for ALL students

Collaborate with Teachers and/or Students:

  • Help teachers bring relevancy to classroom learning
  • Bring real world business thinking to classroom curriculum
  • Help mentor students on real world projects and problem solving tasks that are relevant to your business
  • Dedicate 8 hours of collaboration time with teachers

Be a Guest Speaker:

  • Share the pathways and insights that lead to your profession
  • Discuss the education and training required to pursue this career
  • Discuss opportunities related to your field
  • Share your passion for the job!

Provide Student Internships:

  • Provide short term (one day) shadowing experiences for students
  • Host a student(s) intern in your business and engage them in workplace activities for 55 hours over the course of the school year
  • Educate students regarding future opportunities in your industry
  • Mentor a student…engage, motivate, inspire
  • Bring the real world to students

Teacher Professional Development:

  • Host a teacher for a day or longer
  • Educate the teachers about your business, highlighting the skills and training required
  • Share how your business develops collaboration, leadership and management skills with their employees

 

How the Business & Education Partnership Program has helped enrich learning opportunities

Brunswick CSD

Brunswick CSD – based on student interest in developing an after-school robotics program, the District Superintendent sought direction on how to create a structure for this program. Questar III facilitated an introduction with an associate professor from RPI’s Electrical, Computing and Systems Engineering Department to provide guidance to support this endeavor.

Brunswick Elementary – in an effort to educate students about how a municipality/local government operates, a third grade teacher has developed “Lego City” and assigning students with managerial roles and introducing concepts on how one is developed, governed and operates. Seeking professionals to visit her class and offer insights/feedback, QIII facilitated interactions with an engineer from the Capital District Planning Commission to offer insights and feedback, a financial institution professional as well as local and county government representatives to visit with students to talk about their professions and share their expertise.

Hudson HS

Hudson HS – Questar III introduced a middle school technology teacher interested in constructing a mini-wind turbine on campus to engineers from Avangrid Technologies for insights and support to pursue this endeavor.

Germantown CSD

Germantown CSD – as the district is scheduled to introduce a new elective in set design for 2019-20, Questar III is working with district administration to engage with professionals from the Capital Region’s creative arts community to assist in developing curriculum.

East Greenbush, Averill Park CSD, and Tech Valley High School

East Greenbush, Averill Park CSDs and Tech Valley High School – introduced statistics teachers to IBM data engineers to collaborate on developing classroom projects based on real-world data solutions developed by IBM.

Greenville Elementary

Greenville Elementary – a seventh grade science teacher expressed an interest in hosting a scientist to visit his students to talk about their work; in response Questar III worked with the New York State Museum to connect a Freshwater Ecologist involved in research focusing on the impact of the invasive zebra mussel on native freshwater mussel. Working together with this scientist and a museum educator, they introduced three hands-on activities to four separate classes, collecting data and discussed findings regarding the impact of the zebra mussel on the region’s water ecosystems.

Cairo Durham CSD

Cairo Durham CSD – members of IBM’s Research and Development staff on the Albany SUNY Poly campus worked with science faculty to introduce a variety of STEM activities in the elementary and middle schools and later engaged in a high school forum sharing information with students about their careers, their education background and skill sets as well as the R&D they’re involved on campus.

Hoosick Falls CSD

Hoosick Falls CSD – Questar III is working with the Bennington, VT Chamber of Commerce to explore collaboration opportunities with members interested in working with the district during the 2018-19 school year; Questar III also connected faculty with staff from the Bennington Banner newspaper to develop a class project focusing on the important role that journalism plays in our democracy.

Chatham CSD

Chatham CSD – working with faculty to pursue businesses to collaborate in developing and/or supporting student projects for their maker space.

Coxsackie Athens CSD

Coxsackie Athens CSD – a high school faculty member expressed an interest in utilizing a long-dormant vacant greenhouse on the school’s campus and wanted to create a student garden club. Questar III contacted staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension, who offered insights on how to engage students in not only developing a club but also is working with faculty to create a business model to market their produce they grow to the community.

Rensselaer CSD

Rensselaer CSD – students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare toured Albany Medical Center’s interactive Patient Safety & Clinical Competency Center, learning about the field of medicine, how the cutting-edge technology that Albany Medical College’s certain illnesses are diagnosed and engaging in mock medical procedures working with computerized mannequins.

Averill Park CSD

Averill Park Elementary – in response to a request from an 8th grade technology teacher interested in updating curriculum/integrating new engineering concepts, Questar III introduced him to three professionals with backgrounds in electrical, civil and architectural engineering to integrate into his curriculum.

Averill Park HS – Questar III worked with a Women’s Literature educator to schedule a variety of successful female guest speakers to speak to her class, sharing their experiences, the challenges they faced/overcame as well as offering anecdotes that were both educational and inspiring; Questar III also oversaw the planning of a day at the State Capitol for students to visit with female advocacy leaders who are actively engaged in impacting public policy on the state level.

2017-18 Engagement

H & V Collision

Gramercy Communications

National Grid

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

SEFCU

Siemens Corporation

BBL

St. Peter’s Health Network

Ducommun Aerostructures

Kathoderay Media

Spectrum News

The Hudson Register Star

The Gallery @Rhinebeck

NY Independent Operator Systems

CDM Smith

The Columbia Paper

IBM

Albany County Sheriffs Dept

The Janack Group

Brian Holbritter Surveying

Clean Healthy NY

Avangrid Technologies

Proctor’s Theater/Capital Rep

Linium Recruiting

Albany Medical Center

Columbia Physical Therapy

Tri City Valley Cats

The Columbia Paper

East Greenbush Animal Hospital

Synthesis Architects

New York State Police

Plug Power

The Bennington Banner

Creighton Manning Engineer

Capital District Planning Commission

Bennington, VT Chamber of Commerce

Upstate Alliance for a Creative Economy

NYS Museum

Saratoga Shakespeare Company

Girl’s Inc

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Greene County Arts Center

Habitat for Humanity

Northeast Association for the Blind at Albany

NY Mesonet

Rensselaer Co One Stop Employment Ctr

Rensselaer Co Chamber of Commerce

Columbia Co Chamber of Commerce

Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers

Greene County Economic Development Dept

Greene County Chamber of Commerce

Zone 5 Training Academy

Olana State Historic Site

MiSci Museum

New York State Business Council

Troy Rehabilitation Improvement Program (TRIP)

Arts Center for the Capital Region

Albany Institute for History & Art

The Sage Colleges

Siena College

Schenectady Co Community College

UAlbany

RPI

Hudson Valley Community College

Are you interested in working with local schools to better prepare your future workforce?

Contact Jim Church, Director of Strategic Initiatives
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