Partner Collaboration Model

How to work with various business, industry and community partners in one P-TECH program or various P-TECH programs with one partner.  This modified model creates a collaborative coordination and review process for successful continued programming.     

 

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Introduction to the Partner Collaboration Model

Welcome to Module 4 on running collaborative sessions with multiple partners.

 

If the P-TECH school offers multiple career pathways, there will likely be more than one and possibly many industry partners. It is important to identify the expected challenges of operating with a large partnership and to explore how partner engagement can be integrated into activities and events, collaboratively.  Playing on the strengths and resources each partner can offer creates a richer, cohesive experience for the students.

If several P-TECH schools share one industry partner, carefully organized engagement is key so that all schools and all students are served equitably, and the industry partner is not overburdened.  Determining what works in the first year and what should not be carried over in subsequent years helps to streamline successful initiatives that can be replicated across all the schools.

Below you can see the layout of two sample sessions.  Dig in!

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Partner Collaboration Model Sample Sessions

 

Like the CP session in Module 3, the convening begins with a welcome, overview of why we are bringing everyone together, and introductions.  Unlike the first CP session, a more formal “state of the P-TECH school(s)” presentation is included.  Since this may be the first time that all the industry partners are together, it is important to spend some time letting each share a quick anecdote of their engagement experience with the P-TECH students.  The presentation can be led by an industry partner, the P-TECH school and college representatives or the ISD.  It includes a brief overview of the career pathways, student recruitment/enrollment, engagement activities to date, etc.  This is not necessarily a time to discuss curriculum details.

The presentation is followed by a Compression Planning® session on working together. 

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The design for this CP session is dependent upon the specific outcomes of the group.  One outcome may be to create a process for collaborative programming among the industries for student activities and events.  Another may be to develop a mentoring process at the P-TECH level (where all partners are involved), the career pathway level (where aligned partners participate), or a rotational level where students experience different industry partners as mentors.

If working with one industry partner and many P-TECH schools, an outcome may be to review the activities/programs and focus on the most successful across all schools.  The presentation for this group may include a “snapshot” of each P-TECH school provided by the P-TECH school representative. By exploring the existing efforts together, the group can determine which should stay, which should go, or which should be changed.