Giving Compass’ Take:
· EdSurge talks about a program organized by PilotCity that is connecting high school students with local employers for work-based projects and internships during the summer.
· How do workforce partnerships boost civic engagement? How do they affect the community and workforce development? How can donors support programs like this to help students develop the skills they need for the workforce?
A red staircase next to a Home Depot in an ordinary strip mall leads to an equally nondescript door. Behind it is a surprisingly airy, light-filled atrium. The tall ceilings, roof-top windows, exposed steel beams and air ducts hint at its industrial past.
Built in the 1950s, the space, now called Gate 510, first served as a Plymouth automobile plant. A couple decades later, tractors were assembled here for Caterpillar, the construction machinery company. It was subsequently used as a storage warehouse.
The lower floor has since been converted into a retail shopping center. The top now consists of offices for entrepreneurs who brew coffee and beer, design batteries and drones, and sculpt art for Burning Man—among a motley collection of other activities.
This summer, the space is also hosting more than 40 high school students from across the San Francisco Bay Area. They are part of a summer program organized by PilotCity, a San Leandro-based startup that connects local high school students with regional employers for work-based projects and internships.
Read the full article about workforce partnerships by Tony Wan at EdSurge.
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