Navasota ISD, the City of Navasota and the Navasota/Grimes County Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting, March 27, with local stakeholders to discuss workforce development and ways to help educate students in fields that give them real world projects preparing them for possible local job opportunities.
Representatives from industry, local businesses, school board, education foundation, chamber of commerce, city council and the Economic Development Corporation participated in a luncheon to listen to a presentation from WIN learning regarding their unique approach to connecting education with the local economy.
WIN learning developed a career driven educational model - a series of aligned eLearning tools that look at the realities of the workplace within the context of learning. With this model, educators can gather real-time labor market information that characterizes the realities of the workforce and identifies educational needs. It also helps identify required education and training to better inform students of potential career pathways. WIN learning’s model prepares students for jobs in demand now and tomorrow encouraging them to build skill mastery around those foundational, behavioral, and attitudinal skills employers demand. WIN representative John Costillo explained, “In other words, we can redefine career and technical education so that students understand education’s direct bearing on future careers, remain engaged in school, and prepare for what lies beyond high school for them.”
Superintendent Rory Gesch said, “Discussion of implementing such a unique program within the district is a product of several years of conversations about how to better prepare Navasota students for their future. Whether that future reside in a secondary education setting or entering jobs that are readily available within our community this program gives them more options. As superintendent, I want to ensure our students are prepared for life after high school.”
Moving into the 2013-14 school year, NISD will implement a number of new strategies to better prepare their students as they enter the workforce or college.
More information can be found at www.winlearning.com.
For more information about opportunities available for skill development or how your business can partner with NISD for workforce development, contact Gesch at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Korpita at email@example.com.