"Putnam employees are continuously seeking ways to make a difference in their local communities and we are looking forward to partnering with Taunton Area School to Career, Inc. to develop new and innovative volunteer opportunities.”
Mary Clermont, Senior Vice President
The time for students to start learning about work, careers, and their future is when they are in school, gaining knowledge of the very skills they will use in the workforce. In many schools across the country, there is a disconnect between the skills students learn and the application of those skills in the workplace. This is where TASC and businesses come in; schools and educators cannot do it alone. Business leaders and employers are educators as well, but unfortunately their knowledge and expertise are not utilized enough in the school systems.
TASC, created in 1995, helps local businesses and schools to collaborate on integrating academic skills with workforce skills, so that students are better able to make the transition from school to work. Just as businesses rely on schools for their employees, schools rely on businesses to help them prepare students for their careers. Who better for schools to partner with than the very businesses students will possibly work at in the future? Businesses, large and small, have a role to play, and can make a positive contribution, no matter how much or how little.
The contribution is far reaching; students, businesses, and society gain from the collaborative experience of employers, students, and schools coming together to enhance the quality and skills of future workers. Students are more motivated to learn. They are able to see how education is relevant to their future. It helps them to develop goals for the future at a time when, for many students, it is hard to see beyond high school. Businesses have a chance to improve the curriculum to resemble work outside of school. Society benefits because it is able to stay competitive in a global economy. This is especially important given that the school-business partnership model is well under way in other industrial countries.
TASC helps to bridge the disconnect specifically for students and businesses through its various initiatives. Some of the programs businesses can directly impact students are through the Job Shadow, Internship and the Career Mentor Program.
Some of the benefits businesses will gain:
• a reduction in employee-training costs.
• more skilled and qualified applicants.
• a fresh perspective with creative solutions to problems.
• an intern meeting the needs of the business at no cost while creating a learning experience for both participants.
• information about your services or products being marketed by word of mouth of the intern.
• Increasing the morale of employees
• Being able to expand upon what students are taught in school to reflect the world of work.
"One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove; but the world may be different because I was important to the life of a child."
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