Every company's health depends on its future workforce. The children in school today—and on company payrolls tomorrow—need to be well-prepared. To qualify for good jobs they will need an interest in and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM.
Employers will also expect them to have real-world skills such as creative problem solving and effective communications. Many companies have been eager to help public schools with those challenges but have held back, wishing that local school district leaders offered a clearer strategic vision for how employers can make a real, meaningful difference.
It’s time for companies to try again. New state rules encourage business-school partnerships. Business leaders can take advantage of these changes to work directly with school districts and give students more real-world experiences in STEM. "New Opportunities to Work with California Schools: A Guide for Companies" offers step-by-step guidance on how to get started.