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Growing Career-Ready Professionals Through Business Partnerships

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Potomac High School Graduate David Haight, Gold Medal Winner in Welding

Learning career skills, building relationships with future employers, and earning credits for graduation are some of the benefits of career and technical education (CTE) in PWCS. But there’s more. A growing demand in a wide range of CTE fields means greater job opportunities; CTE in PWCS can put students on a path to success.

Local businesses are seizing the opportunity to partner with the CTE professionals who are teaching the skills they seek in their employees. It makes good business sense. PWCS students comprise a future workforce that is close to home.

Business partners help ensure that CTE programs provide students with essential academic, technical, and work skills. Students often work in a project-based, hands-on setting, learning the tools of the trade, while businesses create a pipeline of career-ready professionals to address growing shortages of workers.

Partnerships come in many forms, including program collaboration, mentoring, work-place experience, guest speaking, resource sharing, and facilitating awareness between industry and education.

IBS Millwork, located in Manassas, reached out to PWCS shop teachers to build an enterprising partnership. (See results in the video below.)

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