College and Career

Pathways System

Network: Business-Education Roundtables

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 results in refined problem-solving skills, improved productivity, and a clearer understanding of career pathways.

Partners

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.

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 work all participants will receive an orientation to 21st-Century learning for students and adults.

Business-Education Roundtables Timeline

Industry and education stakeholders meet together several times during the year to determine together the way forward.

Indicators of Success

From a survey of teachers involved in PBL project:
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90% reported PBL is effective or very effective tool to improve students’ ability to connect learning to real world.
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80% said it PBL is an important tool to help students connect learning to a future career.
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100% said PBL was an effective strategy for developing students’ skills in communication and creativity.
From a survey of student participants:
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90% of students agreed or strongly agreed they gained an understanding of how academic content is important in the business world.
Business-Education Roundtables

Contact Information

Jason Harrison
jharrison@heaindiana.org
(574) 903-4739

Business-Education Roundtables History with HEA

In 2014, HEA launched the first roundtable. Based on the recommendations made by participants at this initial gathering, HEA developed local roundtables in connection with each school district.
Both educators and business leaders identified a desire to impact student learning through bringing content from the business world directly into the classroom.
The group approved HEA recommendation to implement project-based learning as an instructional method with the potential to integrate academic content and standards with authentic experiences in the business world.
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.
In 2017, HEA redesigned the roundtable model. The roundtables shifted support to education and business pairs who collaboratively design and implement a project. The partners attend a series of exchanges at businesses and at schools to identify and shape project ideas. They implement career pathways projects in the classrooms during the Spring semester. HEA hosts a project showcase at the end of the year to promote countywide successes.