Magazine article Techniques

Business & Industry and GCCC Succeed as a TEAM!

Magazine article Techniques

Business & Industry and GCCC Succeed as a TEAM!

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The mission of the Greene County Career Center (GCCC) is "Empowering students through advanced technologies, integrated instruction and community partnerships to succeed in career, college and life." We are proud to say that the Greene County Career Center has empowered students to achieve amazing success through community support, while developing dynamic business and industry partnerships.

The GCCC offers 33 high school career technical programs at the main campus in Xenia, Ohio; the Greene County Agricultural Research Center, also in Xenia, Ohio; Clark State Greene Center in Beaverereek, Ohio; and in the seven comprehensive high schools throughout. Greene County. Each program offers instruction using 21st-century technology. For example, students at Xenia and Fairborn High Schools learn engineering through advanced robotics technology, students in digital media develop webcats with the same computer technology as media experts in Hollywood. and welding students can learn to become pipeline welders through specialized equipment located on the main campus. These are just a few of the examples that make our education cutting edge. But these opportunities would not have been possible without the support and dedication of our business and industry partnerships.

Over the years, business and industry and GCCC have been a "TEAM" in developing success for students. TEAM stands for "T"eacher involvement, "E"xpert opinion. "A"ttitude and "M"ind-blowing education. The strategies provided in this article are based upon 41 years of collective administrative and educational leadership and support, as well as front the advice gained from many professional mentors. At no point will we say that we have all the answers or that these are the best strategies for everyone. We are only saying that these strategies have been helpful and effective in our years of education.

Teacher Involvement

Our career and technical education (GTE) teachers have active advisory committees that enhance the CTE program to become a vital, positive force for education. Members of the committees may include former students, parents of current students, and representatives of business, industry, labor and community agencies. The committees provide valuable advice. guidance and assistance on how a program's curriculum, facility and equipment should be updated, modified or expanded to meet the current employer needs for knowledge and skills.

The committees also assist in student-recruitment events. as well as providing students with training opportunities, finding lull or part-lime jobs, and arranging field trip, tours and meetings to establish relationships between education and industry.

Our teachers encourage student participation in career and technical student organization (CTSO) competitions, meetings, events and leadership opportunities.

The teachers not only instruct on a day-to-day basis, but they also actively work With students on job sites and projects. GCCC staff hire former students for projects because the staff has confidence in the training and education the students received while attending a CTE program.

Expert Opinion

GCCC is honored to have so many community partnerships and supporters. Three years ago, we decided to become "gold sponsors" for all the chambers of commerce in Greene County. While each of the five sponsorships was only $2,300, this investment has been critical in our relationship building, as well as bringing in expert opinion to the career center. We are involved in all chamber board meetings, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, social activities and professional-development meetings. This has brought business connections to all our adult and secondary programs. All five chambers have held events at the career center where the leaders have been able to tour GCCC facilities and speak with students.

We are also involved in all three Rotary Clubs in the county. …

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