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High Achievement New York to launch campaign

HighAchieveHigh Achievement New York, a statewide educational organization that includes The Business Council of New York State, will launch an advertising campaign in the coming months to educate business leaders about the benefits of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Frank Thomas, High Achievement New York’s  executive director told reporter Jessica Bakeman of Capital New York, “We want every child to have a chance at a great education, and that is why community leaders, educators and businesses have joined together to ensure that the high standards and dedication to excellence that the Common Core promotes make it into every classroom.”

Businesses frequently cite the mismatch in skills between graduates and open positions highlighting the shortage of technical skills and other “workplace skills,” such as time management, problem solving or teamwork. Educational initiatives that prepare students for the workforce and address the “skills gap” are a priority for The Business Council.

Business Council President and CEO Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., also spoke with Bakeman. Highlighting why Common Core Learning Standards are important to The Business Council’s membership, she stressed that businesses are focused on students having the skills they need when they graduate college. She also added that business leaders should not be, “distracted by some of the arguments that are being raised in the pain of transition.”

The campaign announcement comes on the heels of Education Commissioner John King’s speech to the Association for a Better New York on Wednesday. King called on business leaders to support the Common Core Learning Standards saying, “Your leadership is essential to achieving this goal.”

Each year approximately 140,000 students graduate unprepared for college or the workforce. The Business Council believes that business has a a responsibility to help students achieve their best. The importance of fostering career and workforce readiness for students is crucial to New York’s economic competitiveness, which depends on its skilled workforce.

Business Council Urges Education Agenda to Build a Skilled Workforce

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. testified at a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing illustrating the need to support Common Core standards, innovative learning models and access to early learning opportunities that will help prepare New York students to meet workforce needs.

“The success of New York’s economy depends on building a skilled workforce,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Many students today are unprepared to meet the needs of the workplace ─ despite the fact that New York has talented teachers and students ─ supporting Common Core, innovative learning models and early learning opportunities will help bridge the gap.”

These initiatives will foster an educational system supporting a trained workforce that is critical to the state’s economic health.

Members of The Business Council frequently cite difficulties in finding qualified workers. Although New York ranks second nationwide for educational spending, it ranks only slightly better than the U.S. average in math and reading proficiency, as measured by standardized tests. Nationally, 3.9 million positions remain unfilled due to a “skills gap” between the labor force and those required for the open jobs.

The Business Council recently announced a major emphasis on education reform through the creation of an education policy committee focusing on educational issues including secondary and post-secondary education and workforce development.

Earlier this year, The Business Council announced its support for the newly implemented Common Core standards as a means to prepare students for the workforce. The Council also partnered with New York State, education, and business interests to implement New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School program (NYS P-TECH), a learning model that includes a workforce development component and helps students to develop essential workforce skills.

Business Council urges education agenda to build a skilled workforce

Today, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. testified at a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing illustrating the need to support Common Core standards, innovative learning models and access to early learning opportunities that will help prepare New York students to meet workforce needs.

“The success of New York’s economy depends on building a skilled workforce,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.  “Many students today are unprepared to meet the needs of the workplace ─ despite the fact that New York has talented teachers and students ─ supporting Common Core, innovative learning models and early learning opportunities will help bridge the gap.”

These initiatives will foster an educational system supporting a trained workforce that is critical to the state’s economic health.

Members of The Business Council frequently cite difficulties in finding qualified workers.

Read more on The Business Council website.

Mexico NY schools win national technology award

In a win for New York schools, the Mexico, NY school system ranked in the top ten nationally for exemplary use of technology.  The award was issued by the National School Boards Association and the Center for Digital Education and the Mexico school system was the only New York school to make the list. The Syracuse Post Standard has more on the award.

Preparing New York students for future careers is a priority for The Business Council.  In early April, we partnered with the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the National Chamber Foundation to host an educational conference “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity” that focused on career readiness for New York students.