To successfully prepare college and career ready students, we fully recognize the importance of leveraging the “It takes a village” approach! Accordingly, the School District of Elmbrook depends on robust partnerships and the generous support of parents/guardians, business/industry professionals, and educational and civic organizations to help provide real, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences for our students.
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LAUNCH represents the collaboration of education, business and community, providing students with a unique, immersive experience, resulting in highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders. LAUNCH connects professionals with highly motivated students and receives real challenges from business and industry partners in a project-based environment. Students gain support from experts, mentors, teachers, and people working in relevant fields. Please visit our website more information about our LAUNCH Program by clicking here.
These real-world projects/tasks from business and industry require students to apply current knowledge and skills (collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication), learn, unlearn, and relearn, as well as acquire new knowledge and skills which are then transferred to create a viable, authentic product. The students would communicate with the business partner and make workplace visits and communicate with their mentor as needed.
The experiences extends beyond the exploration phase of career planning and into work experience. Modeling of job functions and providing opportunities for students to engage in the work is expected. The students will develop a deeper level of understanding of the inner workings of the industry and the complexity of the career field by collaborating with others. Internships are typically paid. Students should receive feedback from the employer about their job performance as an opportunity to further understand and engage in the work.
Student Mentorship/Job Shadow
A career exploration opportunity for students that occurs through planned on-the-job visitations in a student selected career field. Students will be matched on an individual basis with an adult mentor working in the specific career area. This workplace learning experience can occur in one or multiple workplace settings durings and/or outside of the school day. Could look like: giving a student(s) a tour conducted by the mentor, walking and talking with various employees to get an overview of their work/responsibilities, allowing students to conduct informational interviews.
Business partners come into classrooms to teach students about a particular topic, participate in panel discussions, provide feedback to students on projects, etc. The business partner guest could instruct for one block/period, a day, or multiple days. It may also be possible for classes to go to the business partner’s workplace to receive the instruction.
Professional Development for Educators
In order to deliver an agile, timely, and relevant curriculum, teachers need to continue to grow and acquire new content knowledge and skills. Business partners can play a key role in helping teachers acquire knowledge and skills that can be used to deliver the curriculum to students. Businesses may provide opportunities for educators to visit to learn more about careers and potential careers for their students and bring lessons from business and industry to the classroom.
Equipment and Supplies
In an effort to deliver the most relevant and timely curriculum, there may be opportunities for business partners to donate value-added equipment and supplies. It may also be possible for classes to go to business partner’s workplace to use industry tools, equipment and supplies.
Business partners have the opportunity to fund a variety of opportunities that would enhance the learning experience of Elmbrook students as well as help our work-based learning program grow and expand to meet more diverse needs.
Scholarship Support for Students
This option is for businesses/companies interested in supporting enrichment opportunities for students within a specific career cluster and/or providing scholarships for students pursuing a post-secondary education through a technical school, college, or university.