The Business Partnership in Education Program began in Salem-Keizer Public Schools in 1981 with 10 partnerships. It was the first of its kind in Oregon and continues to be a leader in its field, growing to more than 200 partnerships. The program has been recognized both nationally and locally for its innovative and exemplary achievements. In 2021, the name of the program was changed to SKPS Partner Program to be more inclusive in recognizing business, non-profits and services-oriented partnerships.
SKPS Partner Spotlight
Each month, a Business or Community Partner of the Month is featured at the regular School Board meeting.
An important characteristic of a partnership is that business employees, school staff, and students have a strong sense of involvement as they become an integral part of each other’s organization. Although service and activities implemented by partnerships may encompass all aspects of the school program, there is an emphasis on career education and the practical application of the four R’s (reading, writing, arithmetic, and responsibility) in the work world.
To bring business people in the school system to share their expertise with students, teachers and administrators
To give students, teachers and administrators a realistic picture of the business world and an understanding of the free enterprise system
To supplement classroom curriculum with learning experiences in business, industry, non-profit organizations and government
To share school’s human resources and facilities with the business community
To share the dynamics of the educational system with the business community
Fifth graders at numerous Salem-Keizer elementary schools job shadow with their business partners. Students complete job applications and interviews before being “hired” to work for a two-hour shift.
Students at Houck Middle School have taken responsibility for a wetlands adjacent to the school and owned by Curly’s Dairy. Working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Quality, students track the quality of the water and soil, plant trees and shrubbery to encourage the return of wildlife and crafted a trail around the lake complete with benches.
Fully operational, in-school branches of one bank and two credit unions can be found at three of Salem-Keizer’s eight high schools. Students, after receiving training from the parent branch, operate branches during breaks and lunches.
Student patrons may open savings and checking accounts, make deposits and withdrawals and even take out small loans. Many in-school employees also work at their parent branches after school and on weekends. Students gain valuable skills and West Coast Bank and MaPS Credit Union appreciate having a trained pool of staff from which to hire.
See our school directory and contact a Salem-Keizer school to get your partnership started!
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with members in the community to provide a series of learning sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. These sessions are currently held online
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with members in the community to provide a series of learning sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. These sessions are currently held online and are open to the public.
The second Community Learning Session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, January 31 and will be hosted by Salem-Keizer School Board Chair Osvaldo Avila and SKPS Director of Student Equity, Access and Advancement Cynthia Richardson.
The online-only session includes an interactive presentation celebrating Black history in our state. Panelists include McKay Senior Grace Caldwell, who also serves as the student advisor to the school board, Oregon State Senator Lew Frederick, Oregon Black Pioneers President Willie Richardson and Gwen Carr who served on the board of the Oregon Black Pioneers for close to 20 years.
The event will be hosted on Zoom and will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with time for questions from attendees.
American sign language interpretation will be available. Please use the registration form to make a request for language interpretation.
The Salem-Keizer Public Schools Native Education Program will hold its annual public hearing on Monday, January 31, 2022, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually.
We will review the current year’s program, provide information on program performance, and discuss next year’s Title VI grant application. We will also provide an opportunity for attendees to offer comments, openly discuss issues and communicate and clarify the needs of students.
Public Hearing Item: Title VI Native Education Program
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