YCAL Hosts 2nd Annual Business & Education Partnership Roundtable

November 2, 2012 12:00 AM


York County Alliance for Learning Hosts 2nd Annual Business & Education Partnership Roundtable
YORK, PA.  – November 7, 2012 – Over 110 people, including members of the York County business community, representatives from 14 York County school districts as well as representatives from private, technical, and post-secondary schools, attended the 2nd Annual Business & Education Partnership Roundtable on Friday, November 2, at the York Fair / York Expo Center.
The goal of the event was to create business & education partnerships, establish new relationships and invigorate existing efforts as well as to build on the successes from the 2011 event.  Roundtable discussions focused on what practical steps could be taken and what realistic partnerships could be formed to develop interaction between employers and students to trigger serious thought about careers in growing industry clusters.  Results from the roundtable discussions will be published in December.
The Roundtable featured a keynote presentation on how technology is changing education by Dr. Jon Landis, Development Executive at Apple, Inc.   In addition, students and staff from Red Lion Area School District and representatives from Johnson Controls, reported on YACTube (York Area Careers Tube), a web-based resource that provides a more authentic understanding of career options in York County.  Through YACTube, York County school districts will have the opportunity to contribute content to the website, which will help its students to learn about career options through videos created by their peers. YACtube is an outcome of the 2011 Business and Education Roundtable.
“This type of collaborative effort between businesses and our schools is essential to preparing the next generation of workers.  Without this interaction the schools will not understand our needs and we in business will not know how we can help.  If we do not help prepare the students for the future, we have no right to complain that we cannot find qualified workers,” stated George Sipe, Jr., President, Weldon Solutions. 
“If York County is to continue to enjoy a strong economy and remain a chosen place to live, it is imperative Business and Education come together to create a common synergy. The dialogue between the Business and Education leaders has thus far and will continue to make certain that all York County students graduate career and college ready,” stated Dr. Kathryn Orban, Superintendent, York Suburban School District.  
The Roundtable was a recommendation that came out of a CareerPathways/STEM initiative event in 2009.  The information exchanged during the session will be tabulated and acted upon by YCAL and other relevant community partners. There will be opportunities for more in depth involvement for those interested, and a mid-year status report will be presented at the Annual York County Workforce Development summit in May.
This event will be held again in 2013.
The York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL), an entity of the York County Economic Alliance, is a non-profit organization that works with businesses and schools to provide career education, relevant academic experiences, and work based experiences for students and educators in York County.
For more information, please visit www.ycal.us.
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Katie L. Miles
Vice President, Economic Development