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Local school, firms forging partnerships

October 4, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Fresh off the heels of the successful effort to create an Ag Academy at Fairmont Area Schools, the school has again teamed up with local businesses, this time to improve its welding program. We congratulate those involved for creating a win-win situation for students and employers.

The school has seen a boom in interest in welding classes, but it did not have enough welding booths for instruction. The district wisely reached out to businesses and asked for $1,000 endowments to provide booths, welding equipment, safety geat and installation of added electrical power.

Within weeks, three businesses responded. Their sponsorship will appear on the welding booths. They also will get the first opportunity to interview welding students for job openings.

One of the things we have noticed over the years is how concerned businesses are about the educational system. They know that tomorrow's workers are being educated today. We know businesses, and citizens for that matter, are willing to support education, but they want to get behind value and quality. They want to feel as if the educational system is a partner in their future success. On the flip side, we believe that schools want to turn out graduates who can contribute to the economy, local or otherwise. In the end, the more this symbiotic relationship is nurtured, the better for everyone.



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