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Business & Education Partnership – Goals & Strategies

The mission of the Schenectady Business & Education Partnership is

            To lead a comprehensive School-to-Careers system, incorporating the full

            range of  business, education and community partners in order to address

            the educational and workforce opportunities for all students and youth in

            Schenectady County.


Established in 1990, the Partnership includes all seven county school districts, Schenectady County Community College, and representative business and community leaders.  The Partnership has evolved into a cohesive, collaborative system focused on the following goals:

  1. To create a better prepared workforce in Schenectady County thus contributing to the economic development of Schenectady County.

  2. To help all students succeed in their academic efforts and to prepare for a meaningful and challenging career.


Four strategies for integrating career development and workforce preparation with academic curriculum have been designed.  The comprehensive program focuses on an ongoing three-year plan for all Schenectady County students.


1. A comprehensive Grade 10 Career Exploration program.

2. A broad-based Grade 11 Job Shadowing program.

3. A focused Grade 12 Student Internship program.

4. Integrated throughout all 3 years – a Certificate of Employability program.


Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Employers will identify improved workplace skills among both their full- and part-time employees

  • The county will recognize a better-prepared workforce and thus economic growth.

  • Students will exhibit a better understanding of career opportunities available to them.

  • Students will exhibit a greater awareness of the preparation and training required for their career interest.

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