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FBLA-PBL: Connecting Industry & Education

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Presentation on using business tours to connect college students with industry professionals. Presented by Corbin Robinson, 2017-18 PBL North Central Region Vice President at the 2017 ACTE VISION Conference

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FBLA-PBL: Connecting Industry & Education

  1. 1. Connecting Industry & Education Corbin Robinson, FBLA-PBL, Inc.
  2. 2. Agenda Why Business Tours? Tour Logistics What I learned… Benefits to the Business Final Thoughts & Questions
  3. 3. Why Business Tours? ACTE’s mission: “The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. It’s our mission to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.”
  4. 4. Why Business Tours? Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Hospitality & Tourism Agriculture & Construction Human Services Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications Information Technology Business Management & Administration Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Education & Training Manufacturing Finance Marketing Government & Public Administration Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Health Science Transportation, Distributions & Logistics
  5. 5. Why Business Tours? The soft-skills gap, according to Forbes 39% of new hires lacking public speaking skills 60% do not have critical thinking skills 44% lack leadership qualities 46% said new hires should hone their communication skills 36% reported lacking interpersonal skills Karsten Strauss, These Are The Skills Bosses Say New College Grads Do Not Have, Forbes, 2016.
  6. 6. Why Business Tours?  FBLA-PBL specific  Our mission: “To bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.”  Divisional focus  Collegiate division – career focus  Popular with the membership  Anaheim, CA pilot
  7. 7. Why Business Tours?
  8. 8. Tour Logistics  Ground work  Utilizing warm-references
  9. 9. Tour Logistics
  10. 10. Tour Logistics  Ground work  Utilizing warm-references  Ask early and clearly  Times and dates  Transparency  With businesses  Within the organization  Promote to and sign businesses up!
  11. 11. Tour Logistics
  12. 12. Tour Logistics  Ground work  Utilizing warm-references  Ask early and clearly  Times and dates  Transparency  With businesses  Within the organization  Promote to and sign businesses up!  Transportation  Promote to and sign students up!
  13. 13. Tour Logistics
  14. 14. Tour Logistics  Execution  Provide rosters to the businesses  Design a departure schedule  Have someone on the ground
  15. 15. Tour Logistics  Execution  Provide rosters to the businesses  Design a departure schedule  Have someone on the ground
  16. 16. Tour Logistics  Execution  Provide rosters to the businesses  Design a departure schedule  Have someone on the ground  Collect feedback
  17. 17. Tour Logistics  Execution  Provide rosters to the businesses  Design a departure schedule  Have someone on the ground  Collect feedback  Handle mishaps with ease  Be prepared
  18. 18. Tour Logistics  Follow-up  Thank the businesses  Handwritten and email
  19. 19. Tour Logistics  Follow-up  Thank the businesses  Thank organization volunteers  Tabulate and evaluate feedback
  20. 20. What I learned . . .  . . . at the Better Business Bureau  Non-profit  St. Louis one of the largest  100+ years  Non-government regulation  Accredited businesses do better  They are investigators
  21. 21. Benefits to the Business  Better Business Bureau testimonial:  “BBB St. Louis was thrilled for the invitation to have FBLA/PBL members tour our downtown office. The tours not only provided us with an opportunity to show off our space and the inter-workings of Better Business Bureau, they gave us a chance to educate students on BBB's free services and commitment to being a leader in marketplace trust.”
  22. 22. Benefits to the Business  Internship Recruitment  “Drop your resume off”  Peabody Energy  Goodwill  Enjoyment
  23. 23. Final Thoughts & Questions  Develop promotion materials  Promote tours to students early  Social Media  Website  State Contacts  Transparency and communication are key
  24. 24. Final Thoughts & Questions  Questions
  25. 25. Corbin Robinson FBLA-PBL, Inc., North Central Region Vice President

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