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McKean, Bayshore Ford Explore Potential Partnership

Representatives from Bayshore Ford of Wilmington visited Thomas McKean High School in April to meet with auto tech students, observe the automotive technology shop and tour the culinary and audio/video/radio facilities. The tour not only helped to link students with industry leaders but also helped to entice business leaders to use in-school businesses to service some of their needs.

As part of a new approach to gain active industry partners, McKean’s Work Based Learning program looks for partnerships where both members will benefit. McKean educators hope to link students with industry leaders in career pathway areas to create opportunities for co-op placement or part-time jobs. In addition, the hope is that industry partners will discover and utilize McKean’s in-school businesses.

During their visit, Bayshore staff learned about how students prepare for co-op/internships and career opportunities. They also learned about how student businesses at McKean can meet their marketing, culinary and video needs. From feeding staff and guests at events to creating training videos or filling auto positions, McKean students can help prospective partner companies.

A few weeks after the Bayshore visit, co-op students had an opportunity to tour Bayshore’s facilities. From Quick Lane services to mechanic work on large-sized diesel trucks to marketing within the auto industry, students had a chance to see what opportunities could be part of their future.

School-industry partnerships that share resources are a win-win. Industry leaders can discover services students can perform to help their business needs and students can collaborate with professionals and uncover opportunities for potential placement or employment.