November 13, 2014

Step 8. Determine the scope of partnership

Discuss with your partner(s) the division of labor, responsibilities and commitments. Agree to a set of action items and areas that each partner will manage, as well as the expected time frame to complete the project. Clearly describe the aim of the partnership, how it will take form and how broad its scope will be.

Examples from Best Practice Profiles:

Gulf Power Company (Industry to Education):

Faced with a shrinking availability of qualified workers, the company partnered with West Florida High School of Advanced Technology in 2001 to start the Gulf Power Academy. This four-year program integrates traditional academics with craft and technical training to prepare students for a career in the electric utility industry and for college.

Louisiana (State Perspective):

Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), which is comprised of 13 Louisiana community and technical colleges, and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This MOU provided LCTCS members without suitable facilities for CTE with access to ABC’s well-equipped facilities, which filled a critical void for the colleges and even allowed for additional dual enrollment opportunities for high school students. In addition, ABC agreed to share craft instructors with LCTCS to help overcome a shortage in qualified instructors.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What resources is each partner contributing?
  2. If specific funding is required, how will the funds be raised?
  3. How much time is needed to accomplish the goals?
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