Business Advisory Council

Business advisory councils foster cooperation among schools, businesses and the communities they serve. This work ensures that the work of educators aligns with the needs of businesses. This cooperation can make a local education system more aware of the local labor market; promote work-based experiences within businesses; and help students prepare for successful learning and employment opportunities.

Purpose of Business Advisory Council
Building a local workforce for the future requires our schools to anticipate jobs that do not exist yet, provide skills that have not been supported at the all levels of government, and partner closely with the local business community. In Medina County, we have a strong corporate base that values our educational institutions as well as schools that are very receptive to working with our business community.

In 2018 the Medina County Economic Development Corporation agreed to convene a group of business professionals along with five school districts and the Educational Service Center of Medina County to serve as their Business Advisory Councils. Members of the Council volunteered to participate and meet monthly throughout the year. The membership represents the diverse business climate in Medina County including manufacturing, professional services, financial services, construction, and healthcare.

The purpose of the Business Advisory Council is to identify skills needed and suggest ways to teach them, advise on the types of jobs available, and create a relationship between our business, labor, and education communities. View our Joint Statement – 2019 here.

Goal: Soft Skills Training for Students

The BAC determined our most important goal to be incorporating soft skills training into the curriculum. It was understood a number of these skills are in the curriculum, but it was noted that companies need to understand what is taught and there may be holes in the current curriculum.

Goal: Ensure financial literacy curriculum is matching what companies need students to know.

In recent years companies have found many employees to not have basic understanding of financial literacy issues. They have had to bring trainers and financial staff onsite to assist employees navigate banking, investing in retirement, etc. At the same time the schools are offering financial literacy classes in high school.

Goal: Explore Your Future: Employment, Enlistment, Education Day at Cloverleaf High School

A guidance counselor at Cloverleaf High School is getting his principal certificate and needed a project. MCEDC brainstormed with him to develop Explore Your Future day for seniors. Each will attend a career fair, a discussion with the military, and talk with higher education including vocational schools and programs to see what their future could hold. The BAC will attend to make suggestions on future events and see where companies can get involved.

RESULTS:

The BAC identified soft skills and designated them as those that are needed to get and keep a job, those that are needed to move up in a company, and those that are financial literacy-related. The schools are now mapping those to the curriculum. 

Soft Skills Mapping

RESULTS: 

The BAC reviewed the financial literacy curriculum required by the State. The Council then discussed how businesses can supplement that work and the Educational Service Center committed to creating a professional development program for teachers providing the financial literacy curriculum.

 

RESULTS:

The BAC reviewed Explore Your Future day at Cloverleaf High School. All seniors at Cloverleaf attended a career fair, had a mock interview with a business leader, heard from the military, and met with higher education and training programs. There were a number of recommendations made by the BAC to continue this event yearly and bring it to other schools.