Manchester educators: Looking at needs of business key
“We really wanted the people who are most influential in children’s lives to be able to understand what those employers need from their future workforce and what their expectations are,” Robin Comstock, president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said at a news conference Tuesday.
One participant is Barbara Vaillancourt, the extended learning opportunity coordinator at Manchester West High School. She helps students in some cases earn high school credits while exploring their career interests.
Robin Galeaz, a seventh-grade math teacher at McLaughlin, said, she wants to learn what employers are looking for in terms of math. She hopes to incorporate that into a research presentation for her students.
William Gillett, dean of Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Business, looked forward to the program the university is helping sponsor.
“I will tell you as a superintendent and as a professional and as an educator, it really changed my view in many ways and my view of the opportunities that there are for our students,” she said. “Helping me understand more how we need to connect with businesses and with our community, so that we understand the kind of employees that our new manufacturing and other businesses are looking for.”
Frank Wells, managing director of Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Inc., in Manchester, relied on his professional experience for a metaphor.
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