School to Career Success Focus Group

The Wayne County Partnership for Strengthening Families (WCPSF) has a subcommittee, Education Workgroup. The Workgroup has several goals including increasing graduation rates. One of the Workgroup’s objectives is to develop for schools, employers and students methods that will improve school to career success. The Workgroup’s first step in this process is to invite individuals that would be able to provide feedback in a group setting that will give the Education Workgroup a better understanding of the barriers that exist for a student in the work field.

Topics that will be discussed would be:

  • What technical skills are needed?
  • What are appropriate job expectations?
  • How can we improve soft skills for employees?
  • How are youth recruited for employment?
  • What are the barriers for employers to hire 16-18 year old and 18-24 year old
  • individuals?

We would ask that you would consider sending representatives from your business that you feel would be able to contribute to assist the Education Workgroup in gathering information to address school to employment constraints.

The Education Workgroup will also be sending out invitations to Wayne County Superintendents and High School Principals so that school personnel can participate in this focus group. Together, schools and employers will be able to assist the Education Workgroup to move in the right direction.

The Workgroup hopes your business will be able send representative(s) to attend the focus group on Thursday March 26, 2015 from 8:00-12 noon at BOCES Building 131 (Maple Building – Great Lakes Room) in Newark. The information that business personnel can provide will be invaluable to the Education Workgroup.

Please contact Kathy McGonigal at 946-5624 or to sign up for the focus group. We need to know the name, position and a contact number for everyone that registers. Please have individuals register by March 19, 2015.

If you have any questions call Kathy McGonigal at 946-5624.

We thank you in advance for your commitment to improving opportunities for young individuals throughout the county.

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