On November 18, 2008, hundreds gathered at the Grappone Conference Center to discuss the importance of business/education partnerships. Guests traveled from all corners of the state and represented K-12, Higher Ed and the business community. In an effort to strengthen partnerships between schools and businesses, expert speakers spoke of the importance of collaboration.
Education is now a community undertaking in which K-12, Higher Ed and the business community must work together to best prepare today's students for tomorrow's workforce.
While the need for students to attain high-level skills is evident, the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative provides incentives and motivation for students to learn 21st century skills. It is no longer enough to become proficient in math, science and the humanities (albeit those are critically important). Employers today are looking for applicants who possess the ability to think critically, problem solve, work in teams, be a leader and communicate effectively.
Materials and handouts from the conference are available below.
We encourage active State Scholar schools and business partners to strenghten their partnerships.
We invite new school districts and business leaders to join our effort to better prepare today's youth.
There is conclusive evidence from the Department of Education proving that rigorous coursework better equips students to graduate from high school, advance to college and succeed in the workforce. Read some of these articles and statistics in our Reports & Articles section.
State Scholar students are asked to complete a rigorous course of study in high school. State partnerships work to motivate students in a variety of ways, including college scholarships and other financial aid. Working within the State Scholars framework, New Hampshire has tailored the program to meet our student's needs.
These documents will help you better understand the challenges we all face.
High school students know when they are not prepared for college or the workplace. According to a February 2005 survey conducted by Peter Hart Research Associates, approximately 40 percent of graduates reported key gaps in their preparation; a majority noted that if they could do high school over, they'd work harder and take more challenging courses. Source: Peter D. Hart Research Associates/Public Opinion Strategies (Washington, DC: Achieve, February 2005)
70 percent of the 30 fastest-growing jobs will require an education beyond high school, according to the U.S. Department of Labor; 40 percent of all new jobs will require at least an associate's degree.
Students who take a solid college preparatory curriculum are less likely to need remedial classes in college and more likely to earn a degree, according to a U.S. Department of Education study.
Physics is the key to science proficiency. Many students and parents do not understand that physics develops skills in critical thinking, problem solving and habits of the mind. The fact is however, that higher skilled courses in math and science (aka, physics) develop skills in students that colleges and high paying employers are looking for, regardless of the path they choose after high school. Nearly all of the fastest growing occupations require the study of physics. So, while three-quarters of all parents surveyed think their child's science and math skills are "just fine," they change their mind once they see how much 21st-century learning factors into high-paying jobs in today's economy.
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