The Community Collaboration Design Team identified specific work-based learning opportunities and program initiatives  that would result in students acquiring real-world, relevant training and career readiness skills. Based on their team’s work, they recommend the new design should:   

  • Centralize and expand the continuum of work-based learning  

  • Leverage local business expertise   

  • Create a bridge between classroom learning and work-based learning  

  • Expand opportunities for students to earn credentials, certificates and/or associate degrees through Early/Middle College


of business leaders

strongly agree that graduating students have the skills and competencies that their business needs.


of high school dropouts

say there should be more real-world learning opportunities.


of urban, low-income

teens of color (ages 16-19)

 are likely to have a job - any job at all. 

*Specific data and statistical sourcing can be found in the official Community Report.

Community Collaboration (6th – 12th Grade+)

Middle School through High School

  • Business & industry guest speakers

  • Career fairs

  • Virtual & on-site work and talent tours

  • Summer camps

  • Work-based projects & simulations

High School

  • Job shadow opportunities

  • Take students to work

  • Business mentoring & coaching

  • Volunteering & service learning

  • Resume & interview workshops with

  • Supported employment experiences

  • Pre-apprenticeships

High School & Beyond

  • Internships

  • Paid apprenticeships

  • Return-ships (employment after graduation)

  • Expanding opportunity for students
    for credentials, certificates and/or
    associate degrees through the Early/
    Middle College

Contact Us

 ​​Kalamazoo RESA

1819 E. Milham Ave., Portage, MI 49002

Tel: 269-250-9200


​​​​© 2023 by Kalamazoo RESA.

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