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People often complain that students graduate from high school without learning the skills they need to be successful in life. They usually relate to basic life skills and indicate that many graduates cannot balance a checkbook, cook a decent meal, or do their own laundry.

What is even worse is that many new graduates enter professional life without the basic knowledge necessary for job success. Some of these skills are known as soft skills, such as Employees have to think critically and be able to organize their work effectively. They need to function well as part of a team, get on well with their colleagues, and respond appropriately to customers.

Some people also think that much of what is taught in high school and college is unrelated to the real world, so new graduates lack the technical skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Although every company is different, all jobs require specific knowledge and skills. Technical skills can include knowing what tools are needed to complete a job, how to operate certain equipment, such as a cash register or drill, or the ability to use certain computer programs.

When new graduates with soft and technical skills enter the world of work, employers get a well-trained workforce with a solid work ethic, and the new hires are more successful and happier. As a result, more and more schools and employers are joining forces to build a better workforce. They form public-private partnerships.

Public-private partnerships are contractual arrangements between federal, state, or government agencies and private companies. The partners agree to work together to complete a project or provide a service to the general population. They often bring together educational institutions, private sector companies, nonprofits, government organizations, and community economic development stakeholders, such as the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s local economic development committee. These partnerships improve the local and regional economy.

Some partnerships focus on people development. Great local examples of this are the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Western New York Pathways to Technology (P-TECH) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy in Dunkirk and the Raymond J. Fashano Technical Academy in Jamestown.

Other partnerships focus on infrastructure projects such as building and equipping hospitals; Schools; Transportation, water and sewer systems. Sometimes partnerships involve private organizations providing public services or the government in providing those services, such as: B. Vaccinations. A classic example of a public-private partnership of economic development was that formed between the King and Queen of Spain and Christopher Columbus when they were trying to find a new trade route.

These are just a few examples of how our world can improve for everyone when governments work with private companies. It’s a very effective way of making exciting things happen. Regardless of their form, we all benefit from public-private partnerships by making improvements more efficiently and cheaply than when public and private entities work alone.

Public-private partnerships help communities thrive. We need more of it.

Patty Hammond is the Economic Development Coordinator for the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. The Local Economic Development (LED) initiative is a standing committee of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Send comments or suggestions to Patty Hammond at [email protected]

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