Engage your future workforce through a variety of career-based learning experiences. Opportunity Connect (Overview video) allows businesses, students and educators to connect, communicate and collaborate in short-term and longer-term experiences. Get involved by linking your company logo, sharing your company story and posting opportunities that fit your schedule.
Set up your profile HERE!
WHY OPPORTUNITY CONNECT?
We know you, as employers are struggling to attract and retain talent, and that there are increasing pressures on your time.
We at TwinWest, are committed to developing and retaining a skilled K-12 talent pipeline for our region but we can’t do this without you! In response to our region’s urgent talent needs, we are launching Opportunity Connect, which will leverage a new technology platform to seamlessly connect and support business, education and students/families with career connected learning experiences.
Businesses will be able to:
• provide employees with skills-based opportunities that support professional development and talent retention
• attract and develop a talent pipeline
• leverage young people’s innovative, diverse ideas
Please join us for a brief demonstration of this platform and learn how you can engage with educators and students in-person and virtually! You will learn how to set up your company and employee profiles in less than 3 minutes. The company profile will allow educators and students to learn more about your company and industry, leading to possible future talent, enhanced brand recognition and brand positioning. This will enable you to attract young talent, while easily connecting you with educators and students, based on your interests, skills and availability, to support career connected experiences such as informational interviewing, site visits, guest instruction, job shadows and internships.
Hear from students and parents here.
Student Career-based Learning Experiences
30 minutes - 1 hour
Afford a student a 30 minute constructive interview to learn about a chosen career and ask one-on-one questions.
3 - 4 hours
Allow students to visit a business professional on-site to observe a typical day – approximately three to four hours. Job shadows provide students with a glimpse into the life of a chosen career.
Provide a student with a 30 minute constructive interview experience. Typically better suited for senior-level students.
Provide students with a hands-on learning, either paid or unpaid, experience in a work environment. Internships are typically supervised by the school and traditionally are setup for several weeks, such as a semester or summer break.
Provide volunteer opportunities for students to learn more about various careers or businesses.
HIGH SCHOOL PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT
Paid employment opportunities are available for students looking to earn money while in school or during breaks. Part-time employment opportunities provide students with daily life experience in a specific industry. Work permits are required for students under the age of 18.
Educator Career-based Learning Experiences
CLASSROOM GUEST INSTRUCTOR
1 - 2 hours
Business professionals bring their knowledge, as the content expert, to the classroom.
ON-SITE COMPANY TOURS & EVENTS
1 - 4 hours, Varies
Provide a meaningful and engaging tour of your facility so students get a hands-on visit with a business.
COMPANY TEAM PROJECTS
Provide projects that meet business needs for a team of students to complete.
CAREER EXPO PARTICIPATION
Participate in an organized career expo by having a booth and meeting students that are exploring their career options.
TEACHER IN THE WORKPLACE
Teachers immerse into four different area companies within an industry (i.e. healthcare, manufacturing, finance) for two weeks each summer. The instructors learn how to better align coursework with the job and career skills needed in the TwinWest area.
TwinWest Contact: Andrea Ferstan, VP of Talent & Workforce, (763) 450-2224, firstname.lastname@example.org