When only 1 in 4 Oregon students are graduating ready for college and the workplace there is a clear need for change and additional support. Studies have shown that students who get extra
support from caring adults, in addition to their
parents and teachers, are much more likely to
be successful in school and life.
Employers bring unique resources and skills to
the table. They understand how important an educated
workforce is to their business and Oregon's economy.
They know that education isn't just a social issue
- it's an economic issue. Employers can provide
real-world relevance to students in ways teachers
and schools can not, and they can serve as role
models and coaches for students in ways parents
Employers also have valuable management skills
such as strategic planning, financial planning,
and marketing and public relations. They can serve
on community/school leadership teams where they
help plan, organize and measure progress on school
initiatives. They can serve as a catalyst to get
other employers and community members involved
in their local schools. They can encourage their
own employees to serve as mentors for students,
and they can provide classroom presentations,
host workplace tours or job shadows, create internships
for students, and even offer to use their business
facilities for off-site school meetings.
We believe everyone has a role to play in supporting
student learning and achievement, and we know
employers are uniquely positioned to make a significant
difference in the lives of young people.