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Business and education partner for regional impact

Saturday, April 1, 2017  
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By Micki O’Neil, Ingham Intermediate School District

Partnerships are the key to any successful economy. By working together, we can accomplish so much more than we can alone. Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) is fortunate to have amazing partners that understand this very sentiment and how it impacts our region. When education works collaboratively with business and industry, an intentional focus is placed on helping students develop their talents and helping companies find the best candidates for their teams.

One educational area that focuses on developing talent is Career and Technical Education (CTE). At the Capital Area Career Center, operated by Ingham ISD, high school juniors and seniors can choose to spend half a day in CTE classrooms. Students learn industry best practices on the latest technology and understand the importance of working as a team to complete goals and projects. Business Advisory Councils guide CTE programs and share current trends to ensure students are learning cuttingedge techniques and understand future industry needs. These programs place students in a business or industry setting to understand the environment as they explore their talents. Experiences such as these expose students to career paths before spending dollars on college tuition.

Sparrow Health System is one of many regional partners making the connection between education and the economy. One Career Center health program, the Capital Area Healthcare Education Partnership, is held onsite at Sparrow. In this program, students explore health careers directly in a health care setting. Sparrow has reached beyond the onsite classroom to find more students with health and culinary talent. Sherry Pfaff-Doody, Director, Talent Acquisition at Sparrow, has been working with the Career Center to fill employment gaps in areas of need. Ms. PfaffDoody shared, “Sparrow has worked closely with Career Center instructors to increase student experiences in both the health and culinary fields. The health industry is in need of patient care technicians and Sparrow is additionally in need of trained culinary experts in our new Gathering Place. Our partnership with the Career Center is helping students develop their talents and find careers, and helping Sparrow build a pool of talent for years to come.”

Ingham ISD is grateful for the support and collaboration from Sparrow and many other regional partners connecting talent to industry needs and economic growth. For information about program offerings or how to partner, contact Ingham ISD at 517-244-1212.

Micki O’Neil, MBA, is the Director of Public Relations and Communications at the Ingham Intermediate School District.

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