Uniting Industry and Education: Your Guide to Becoming an Employer Partner with the Community School

Duct Work in HVAC Shop

In today’s rapidly evolving job market, forging strong connections between industry and education has never been more crucial. Becoming an employer partner with the Community School offers a unique opportunity to bridge this gap, directly influencing the skill sets of tomorrow’s workforce to align with your company’s needs. This guide not only walks you through the steps to establish this pivotal partnership but also dives into our active programs in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) and Groundskeeping, highlighting specific opportunities for collaboration.

The Roadmap to Partnership

1. Recognize the Mutual Benefits

Initiating a partnership starts with understanding the value it brings. As an employer partner, you’ll shape the curriculum to ensure graduates are well-equipped with in-demand skills, facilitating a more efficient hiring process and nurturing a symbiotic relationship between your company and the community.

2. Assess and Commit

Eligibility hinges on your willingness to engage by offering interviews, job shadowing, or employee referrals to the program, underpinned by a clear hiring need. A designated liaison within your company will ensure smooth communication and collaboration with the Community School.

3. Make the Connection

Contact the Community School to express your interest, ready to discuss how your organization can contribute to and benefit from this partnership, especially if you’re drawn to our HVAC or Groundskeeping programs.

4. Formalize Your Involvement

This step involves drafting an agreement that details the partnership’s scope, including roles, responsibilities, and the nature of your involvement in specific programs, whether it’s providing job shadowing opportunities in HVAC or supporting groundskeeping employees during off-seasons.

5. Engage Actively

Deeply engage with the program of your choice by contributing to curriculum development, offering real-world learning opportunities, and participating in program evaluation to ensure relevance and responsiveness to industry needs.

Spotlight on Active Programs

HVAC Program: Enhancing Technical Skills through Job Shadowing

We’re actively seeking partners for our HVAC program to provide job shadowing opportunities. This allows students to gain practical experience and insights into the HVAC industry, benefiting both students and potential employers by fostering a skilled and experienced workforce.

Groundskeeping Program: Supporting Seasonal Workforce Stability

Our Groundskeeping program focuses on Landscape Maintenance, aiming to create solutions for businesses with seasonal employment cycles. By referring employees for training during off-peak seasons, you help maintain a steady employment rate, ensuring a skilled workforce ready for peak seasons.

A Call to Action for Underemployed Referrals

Both programs offer an avenue for employer partners to refer underemployed individuals meeting certain income guidelines. This initiative supports community members in gaining skills for better employment opportunities, aligning with broader economic stability goals.

Landscape Student Learning Equipment

Combining the steps to become an employer partner with the detailed opportunities available through our HVAC and Groundskeeping programs offers a comprehensive outlook on how businesses can contribute to and benefit from this collaboration. This partnership not only addresses your immediate staffing needs but also invests in the long-term development of the workforce.

Are you ready to embark on this journey, shaping the future of your industry while contributing to the community’s growth? Your participation could be the catalyst for a thriving partnership between education and industry, paving the way for a skilled and adaptable workforce ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Contact us at [email protected] or call 508-432-4500 ext 2800 for more information.

Blog Archives


  • Categories