BizConnect

BizConnect is a tool developed by Worksystems that connects businesses and schools to help students become better prepared to enter tomorrow's workforce. The online database facilitates career exploration activities for students by matching them with area business volunteers. Students gain exposure to a variety of career options while increasing their understanding of the relevance of classroom learning to the workplace.

Companies that participate have the unique opportunity to inform students about careers in their industry, thus growing the pipeline of future workers. Business volunteers can support a variety of activities including speaking in a classroom, participating in a mock interview, or offering to host a company tour or job shadow. These activities help students learn about career options and gain a better understanding of the relevance of classroom learning to the workplace.

"Keeping high school students on track is vital to our regional economic growth." Tom Hughes, Adidas

To date, 22 area schools and 12 community partners use BizConnect to provide career related learning experiences for their students and 373 business volunteers participate.

For schools interested in using BizConnect for their students, contact Barb Timper. Businesses interested in participating as a volunteer can sign up at http://cisconnection.org or contact Reese Lord.