Dear Business Partners:
The Milwaukee Tech Hub (MTH) vision is for the greater Milwaukee region to be nationally ranked home for people to thrive within a vibrant community built on innovation and technology. Tech dependent industries contributed to $27.6B in regional economic impact in 2017. It is critical that the emerging workforce has the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to prepare for success in this new economy. That needs to happen before they invest in post-secondary education and training.
Please consider how you could create a new (or expand an existing) education outreach program. This page has been developed by the MTH Education Workgroup to help you.
Be Informed, Ask Questions:
Understand the resources available to K12 teachers today by reviewing http://www.stemforward.org/milwaukee-tech-hub-k12-educator-resources
Meet with your local K12 Superintendent to better understand where the development of technological literacy and entrepreneurial thinking fits into their profile of a College and Career Ready Graduate. This will help you work with them to co-create solutions to any perceived gaps.
Prioritize Volunteering – Share volunteer opportunities with your employees and allow them the time and flexibility to contribute:
Host a tour of your company and provide a hands-on learning activity. Some local/county business groups provide logistical support to set these up. For example, COSBE Be The Spark Tours.
Act as a liaison for volunteers to visit elementary, middle or high schools to support technology based coursework/programs (e.g. Project Lead the Way classes, Science or STEM Fairs, Robotics Clubs) and support K12 Academic and Career Planning.
Co-teach Computer Science via the Microsoft TEALS Program. This program provides industry expertise to high school teachers interested in teaching Computer Science. Contact: Mark Zachar, TEALS Milwaukee Regional Manager: email@example.com.
Mentor students in your workplace. These positions can be paid or unpaid. Contact the career center at your local high school for more information.
Assign a resource in your company willing to set up and administer a profile on Inspire of SE WI (a tool that connects students and employers for career coaching and career based learning opportunities).
Develop Deeper Partnerships – Partner with a school or district, providing deep engagement to support and enhance their STEM Curriculum. Many schools have advisory boards that support the co-creation of solutions to perceived barriers. Examples include:
Curriculum Input – Provide educators with input and feedback on STEM programs so they target real-world business needs (i.e. Industry 4.0, data science/analytics, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, etc.)
Classroom Support – Work with educators to enhance classroom education with business-based presentations and projects that align the curriculum with the future of work in an increasingly digital and innovation economy. Recruit volunteers to work with students and faculty. Example: NM’s Agile Classroom
Internships – Provide paid internships that engage the students with the business, support the curriculum at the school, and add value to the business. Students benefit from paid work in a potential career area. Example: Experiential Learning - Edge for the Future
Career Planning – Work with career services within the school / district to provide students with information and advice on STEM career options and university guidance. This may include supporting students with ongoing engagement, guidance and internships once they enter college.
Student Engagement – Through ongoing interaction with students companies can develop deeper relationships that provide students with a greater understanding of the business world, and allow the companies to recruit students for full-time careers.
Provide Financial Support – Contribute financially to build regional capacity for developing digital and innovation talent from K12 up (i.e. schools, non-profits, after-school programs and more).
Review the some of the key resources currently supporting K12 today. Consider how your financial support might increase the capacity of these collective efforts.
Consider a directed donation to the PUMP-CS initiative to increase capacity to teach Computer Science in K12 schools across SE Wisconsin.
Sponsor STEM Forward programming and events.
For additional support/guidance on opportunities to engage with your future workforce, please refer to the recent Regional Talent Partnership Presentation (link to attached .pdf) created by Susan Koehn, Vice President - Talent, Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Region (firstname.lastname@example.org).