Linking Education and Employment Outcomes (LEEO)
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The LEEO initiative’s goal is to provide students the skills and knowledge that will allow them to seamlessly transition from education to the global business environment. The LEEO Project includes four major components (Pillars):
Pillar I: ARTICULATION 6-20
Students will refine their employability/soft skills beginning in the sixth grade. While most technical programs do not start until the ninth grade, the LEEO Initiative understands that too many students do not link schoolwork to a career. LEEO connects the middle level child with a realistic opportunity at a post-secondary program (through a partnership with Broward College and FIU). It is the intent of the initiative for the alignment of curriculum, from 6th grade through the Bachelor’s degree at College or University.
Pillar 2: INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION ATTAINMENT
By the time a Broward County LEEO student graduate’s high school, they have potentially earned six (6) industry certifications providing a solid productivity and technology knowledge foundation. Industry certifications such as Microsoft PowerPoint/Word/Excel, Intuit Quickbooks, COMPTIA A+, Adobe Photoshop/Dreamweaver/Flash, are among the dozens that student will have the opportunity to earn, depending on the program of study aligned with the student’s LEEO program (examples include: Computer Game Design, Global Logistics, Engineering, Finance, Culinary and Hospitality & Tourism.
Pillar 3: BUSINESS AND INDUSTY MENTORS
The LEEO initiative includes active partnerships with several South Florida businesses and organizations such as; Citrix, J. Strategies, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, FP&L, Advanced Solar, CareerSource Broward, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and many others. This coalition is already significantly involved with curriculum review, career goal development, and integration of industry entry-level job requirements, mentoring, guest speakers, workplace visits and internship development. This group is involved in many different ways: Financial Assistance; Curriculum Review; Classroom Project Definition; Fieldtrips, Job Shadowing, and Forging Internships; as well as assisting teachers and students in the classroom as they work through real-world projects.
Pillar 4: SOFTSKILL DEVELOPMENT
Many sources site that companies hire for technical skills and fire for lack of soft skills.
Business and Industry partners have stated that BCPS graduates possess excellent technical skills, but lack the workplace readiness skills (soft skills) necessary for success on the job. These skills include:
- Problem Solving/Critical Thinking Skills
- Digital Citizenship
Through the LEEO initiative, these are accomplished by classroom teachers executing pointed lessons toward these skills. Students also work with business and industry partners throughout their school tenure.
Outstanding Features Of The LEEO Initiative
- Students learn leadership skills
- LEEO is an interdisciplinary initiative
- LEEO can fit into any subject discipline
- Students learn collaboration skills with:
- Adults- teachers, business and industry partners, elected officials, school
- district officials
- Students- within their own classrooms, across the district in other schools,
- across the world in other counties (through the international projects).
- Use of the Go-to-Meeting web conferencing software
- Use of Schoology, Learning Management System (LMS) for collaboration
- with other students and business and industry partners
- Student opportunities to participate in International Projects
- Student opportunities to participate in Youth Executive leadership
- Student opportunities to participate in field trips to Broward, Dade, and
- Palm Beach county businesses, organizations, universities, etc.