CiTi Looking To Form Partnerships With Local Businesses

MEXICO – Personnel with the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s recently attended a Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce meeting to provide information on Career and Technical Education programs and initiate potential partnerships with local businesses.

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Business Partnerships Explored

In front of more than a dozen local business owners and officials, CiTi’s Business Education Liaison Garrett Weiss and Career and Technical Education Principal Marla Berlin provided a brief course description for each of CiTi’s CTE programs.

Weiss explained that the programs provide students with opportunities to learn essential work skills and noted by forming partnerships with local businesses, the students could become even better prepared for their future careers.

“These students need their education, and how better can they get it then by coming from the (local) business owners?” Weiss asked. “So in the back of your head, think about how our students could benefit you.”

Weiss noted several ways that CiTi and local businesses could begin to form partnerships, including coordinating field trips to local businesses so student can experience authentic work conditions and arraigning community projects that could benefit both the students and the businesses.

“If you have projects that we can get involved with, please give us a call. We would love to get involved for the benefit of the kids,” Weiss said. “We want to build relationships with local businesses.”

Weiss provided examples of partnerships CiTi’s CTE program has already formed with local businesses or organizations.

In one example, Weiss explained how construction technology students are currently helping to build ramps for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program.

The ramps will be built individually in sections and then assembled later on the site of qualified applicant homes belonging to persons with disabilities.