Wake County has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship between the school system and the business community.
Companies recognize the value of investing in the students who fill local schools. After all, those students will likely become part of the local labor pool at some point in the next 10 to 20 years.
Schools, especially those that don’t enjoy strong parental support, benefit from the largesse of businesses that invest their financial and human resources in their schools.
That’s exactly what happened last week in the Garner area, where 15 students spent the week sitting in front of computers as part of a summer camp designed by T&T Creative Group for elementary school students. Though the camp included students from other schools, nearby Smith Magnet Elementary was the clear recipient of the company’s largesse. Students who attended the camp recieved free Chromebook computers to take home with them.
And, of course, though the students were working in a gaming environment, they were doing far more than simply playing games. They were learning how to build the games they like to play. That technology background could lead the students into a career in the IT industry as a game designer, a programmer or perhaps a computer engineer. Those last two careers, it is interesting to note, offer the highest starting salary for new college graduates according to a recent study by Forbes Magazine.
To put it another way, a local business was investing its human and financial resources in such a way that the campers can get a leg up on their peers when it comes to landing a good job once they complete their formal education.
Schools, for all they are asked to do with our children, simply can’t accomplish their goals without the help of the business community. School leaders who cultivate strong relationships with their local business leaders will find themselves ahead of the pack when it comes to graduating students ready to succeed on the next level.