Business Advisory Teams

The AASD Business and Community Advisory collaborates with high schools to help connect the classroom to the workplace. This helps ensure a dynamic relationship with the business community that is vital to the success of Classroom to Career initiatives. A close working relationship ensures the real world of work is brought into the classroom and the career exploration and planning of students. The advisory boards are made up of business representatives from a wide range of industries and career clusters.

Advisory Boards provides an essential bridge between schools and the workplace. 

Advisory board members will collaborate with our educators to inform curricula, help organize career-based learning activities, and ensure our students have experiential opportunities to support their Academic and Career Planning and better understand the multiple pathways to prosperity. 

Advisory boards give students the opportunity to build relationships with mentors early and learn from successful adults.

Members of the Advisory Team will work to:

  • Assist us in ensuring our students have experiential opportunities to support their Academic and Career Planning and better understand the multiple pathways to prosperity
  • Provide additional resources and expertise to teachers
  • Engage businesses with the classroom and their future workforce

Benefits of a business-career advisory group

  • Shows students how classroom learning connects with the world of work
  • Creates valuable networking contacts with businesses and creates a welcoming environment for businesses to engage with school staff
  • Helps keep CBL relevant to changes in workforce and career demands, is a source of advice and input to shape CBL curriculum and experiences
  • Connects individuals in business with individual teachers
  • Creates opportunities for business to donate time, money, in-kind services to the classroom, extra-curricular activities, the school
  • Helps identify real-world situations for classroom learning experiences

Benefits for Teachers
Teacher participation in career-based learning and in the planning and management of involving businesses provides unique, interesting, and meaningful opportunities:  

  • Industry contacts: opportunities to develop relationships with local leaders
  • Access to supplemental resources for instruction – tools used in industry, expand your variety of materials 
  • Leadership positioning: key role in response to new learning initiatives
  • More realistic instruction – related to real world examples 

Perhaps the most significant payback for teachers is less tangible: it’s fun for the teacher, rewarding and productive for the student. Career-based learning helps students connect and do better.   
Benefits for Students
Nearly every student has a time when they wonder about their future and how what they are doing in school will benefit their future.

It’s the rare student who is absolutely sure of what they want to be and the pathway they need to follow in order to realize their dream.

Career-based learning benefits:

  • Find a career(s) that fits student interests and talents
  • Explore through different career-oriented experiences 
  • See a clear connection between what they're learning in school and what they'll need to pursue their career - answer the question, “Why do I have to learn this?”
  • Engage in hands-on learning to connect classroom learning with the real world 
  • Choose the best courses of study that relate to career goals 
  • Develop job skills relevant to future my employment
  • Learn how to apply knowledge to real life situations 
  • Be motivated to take responsibility for their own career development and learning
  • Have goals for continued education and future employment

Benefits to Businesses 
The active involvement of business helps create win-win opportunities for business, students, teachers, and the community.

Such involvement leads to renewed interest in and opportunities for professional development of all staff, and benefit from the creative, high-energy spirit that students bring to the workplace.  

  • Achievement-oriented students 
  • Positive positioning of your company with school/students 
  • Community name recognition and goodwill; positive PR 
  • Long-term workforce development 
  • Reduced recruiting and training costs 
  • Increased professional development of regular staff 
  • Increased employee loyalty 
  • Understanding of generational impact on company 
  • Influence the shaping of curricula to meet employment needs.
  • Teacher as “supervisor” and intermediary 
  • Direct line of communication to teachers and parents of students for recruitment 

Current Teams