College and Career
Network: Business-Education Roundtables
HEA’s Business and Education Roundtables gather industry and education stakeholders to create career pathways and life readiness for students. Together the group supports the implementation of Industry-Infused Project-Based Learning (PBL), an innovative model responds to the needs of our local economy. PBL engages teachers, employees, and students in a collaborative learning process
More than 130 educators, business and community leaders have participated in the business-education roundtables.
Business leaders from every major sector participate in these roundtables, including RV Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare, Finance, Education, Government, and Social Services.
Increased Engagement: A Solution for our Schools and Workforce
The Roundtables are designed as a learning network for leaders from both the business community and the education system as they build relationships, raise awareness of each other’s work realities, and design projects.
The increased engagement of students, teachers, and employees will result in re ned problem-solving skills, improved productivity, and a clearer understanding of career pathways.
Each participant will collaborate with others to plan and implement a career pathways project and through this
Indicators of Success
Business-Education Roundtables History with HEA
Both educators and business leaders identified a desire to impact student learning through bringing content from the business world directly into the classroom.
In 2016, HEA facilitated training for 70 teachers to implement PBL. As part of the process, 50 business partners worked with teachers to develop and plan their PBL units. In addition, 14 teachers participated in an advanced “train-the-trainer” training to develop our community’s capacity for the industry-infused PBL model.