In today’s economy, it is critical that Ohio schools prepare all students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in future learning, careers and life. Parents, educators and the business community want to prepare students for successful career paths, whether those include college degrees, industry credentials, apprenticeships, military enlistment or a combination of these.
Businesses are important partners who can help shape the educational experiences of all students in Ohio schools. Businesses can partner with schools to share news about job trends and opportunities, as well as economic changes that will affect jobs. They can play a role in district curriculum development and help create new opportunities for students, such as work-based learning experiences.
To help build relationships between businesses and schools, Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code section 3313.82) requires every school district and educational service center (ESC) to have a business advisory council. The law allows a district to enter an agreement with an ESC to have the ESC’s business advisory council represent the businesses of the district. Northwest Ohio ESC is proud to serve as the Business Advisory Council for 22 member districts.
The mission of the Northwest Ohio BAC is to bring together on a regional level key stakeholders in business and education to advise, support and enhance the awareness, instruction and experiences students are provided in striving to gain relevant, in-demand job skills as part of their preparation for future career success.
A well-prepared workforce that contributes to the economic growth and development and improved quality of life throughout the Northwest Ohio region.