PAI recruits industry partners to team in volunteering in the classroom, in working to develop and support career pathways and in supporting Industry Advisory Councils.
PAI’s involvement has been crucial to the development of numerous career pathways across multiple schools as well as central to eliciting industry involvement in these efforts. Key pathways have been developed in Early Childhood Education (Parkway West High School) and in Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Kinesiology (Roxborough High School). A new pathway/bridge program is currently being launched in the Carpentry Trades (Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical High School), and an afterschool Technology Pre-Apprenticeship is currently being developed in partnership with industry experts.
Advisory Councils bring together industry experts who deliver work-based learning experiences for students, while also supporting teachers to ensure that classrooms are relevant and curriculum is aligned to current industry standards. By organizing caring adults and engaging them directly through Advisory Councils, PAI creates and nurtures partnerships between industry and schools that provide real-world learning, preparing students for a successful transition to college, trade school, and careers.
Currently, PAI oversees and sustains the following Industry Councils:
PAI recruits and manages relationships with industry volunteers who provide supports in the classroom as well as offer career exposure and preparation experiences at worksites – thereby connecting Industry to schools and schools to industry. Volunteers can serve as career speakers, lead site visits, offer Master Classes, judge student competitions, sponsor internships and much more.