Stanislaus Partners in Education (SPIE) is a 501(c) (3) organization. SPIE was established in 1991 by educators and employers to help schools better prepare students for the world of work following high school and/or college graduation. SPIE is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of educational leaders, employers, and elected officials.
Stanislaus County employers face a serious shortage of workers who have the skills necessary to function effectively in today’s workplace. Concerned about this problem, business, education, and community are working through Stanislaus Partners in Education (SPIE) to help better prepare students for the workplace and for post-secondary education.
What are the Benefits of a Partnership?
Introduces students to the requirements of the workplace
Prepares students to compete successfully in the workplace
Improves the skills of our future workforce
Enhances student achievement
Promotes positive reform in the public schools
Increases the involvement and visibility of business in the community
Creates a better understanding of business and free enterprise in the educational community
Enhances opportunities for employers and employees to join together in community service
Creates a skilled workforce
Encourages business input in school/college curriculum
Employers can help shape tomorrow's workforce through partnerships. Employers and their employees serve as role models for students. Working collaboratively with educators they share their skills and expertise to bring firsthand experiences to students in the classroom and at the workplace. Employers find that working with students is tremendously rewarding for their employees and their organizations.
Examples of Partnership
The concept of partnerships is people helping people – adults helping students. Partnerships with education range from small to large businesses. Any one or any combination of the activities listed below are examples of partnerships:
Tutor students in subject areas
Provide employees as guest speakers
Offer students a day of “job shadowing”
Offer technical training at the work site or in the school
Teach personal skills needed for success in the workforce
Provide awards, incentives
Sponsor citizenship programs
Assist with student assemblies/job fairs/projects
Display student work
Sponsor school clubs
Support school safety programs
Partnerships: 350+ partnerships in Stanislaus County; 14 new school/business partnerships.
Career Ed Grants: 25 teachers with a $1000 grant to promote career education in their classroom. The activities from these grants served 7,476 students.
New Career Presenters: ; Wide variety of career presenters are available to come to the classrooms.
Incentive Grants: 200 teachers with a $300 grant to provide incentives to entice their students to reach beyond expectations. Over 8,000 students participated.
Teacher Interns:31 Teacher Internships this year throughout Stanislaus County. The results is that over 2,000 students will learn what local businesses expect of their employees. New school and business partnerships. 46 new school-business partnerships created; 30 partnership resources provided to schools; and 27 partnership opportunities identified and discussed with schools.