Students and Local Businesses Connect To Create “Experienceships” at Solatube
Vista, CA | November 29, 2016 – An innovative partnership between the Vista Unified School District, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, and local Vista businesses will kick off from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 6th. The program is designed to develop Vista into a “Talent City,” where local students receive practical, hands-on experience in priority work sectors in the area.
Dubbed “talent experienceships,” the event, at local business Solatube, Inc., is the first in a series of opportunities for the district and the private sector to work together in building a Talent City in Vista. The overall goal is to build talent readiness aimed at graduating students that are immediately employable in careers aligned to the region’s priority sectors as defined by the San Diego Workforce Partnership: Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Health Care, Information & Communication Technology, Life Sciences. Students are selected for an “experienceship” based on their demonstration of the essential skills needed to be successful in the 21st century economy.
Talent Cities architect, Gerri Burton of New Learning Ventures, says “The issue of aligning education and employment is global. Countries around the world are addressing how to create talent readiness, ensure talent pipelines and promote lifelong learning. A Talent City promotes depth and a vision of talent. The goal is to provide students with a window into growing sectors, encourage a new conversation with family and community members, and grow the talent that businesses and entrepreneurs need as school-business partnership. In launching this program now, Vista serves as an international role model and in the months to come we hope to share this experience globally.”
“This program is an exciting new step for Vista’s schools and students to gain direct, practical experience of what employers need from their current and future workforce,” said Vista Assistant Superintendent of Innovation Dr. Matt Doyle. “And local businesses have the opportunity to interact with students from the community as they design their own learning pathway.”
The Principal, one teacher and five students from each of VUSD’s five middle schools have applied participate at Solatube Inc. After learning about the industry and Solatube, students will have the opportunity to meet directly with employers who perform various job functions, including manufacturing, marketing and engineering. Then it is the students’ turn for hands-on interaction and problem-solving. Students will self-select into teams based on their strengths and interests to design and present a plan that addresses a Solatube Inc. challenge. Students will then reflect on what they learned, the importance of essential skills, and the goal of career readiness.