The Partners in Education program links businesses and organizations with schools to share resources, both in people and materials. Each flourishes from the support and prosperity of the other. Schools must prepare today's students for their entry into a diverse, competitive work force. When businesses take part in the education of these young people, they help strengthen the work force of the future. The Partners in Education program is vital in helping the community and the school system work and grow together.
The general requirements are simple:
- The partnership needs to provide a benefit to the school, and be mutually beneficial to the business through cause-related marketing not advertising.
- We define a partnership as at least three activities throughout the school year, which we feel is the minimum for a partner relationship.
- The partnership activities must fulfill a need of a school, as determined by the principal and the school's Partners in Education Coordinator.
The key to a success is finding where a school's needs and the resources of a business intersect and can be implemented in a mutually beneficial manner. Businesses can partner with an individual school, multiple schools or, for some businesses, with the entire district. Districtwide partnerships must be able to support meaningful activities at a district level or at all schools.
OCPS has key concentrations of recruitment for Partners in Education that are in the STEM fields, in the travel & tourism industry, and those that are faith-based organizations.