Unite4Insight, a program co-sponsored by Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and The Chamber, partners educators and local businesses to bring real-life business experiences into the classroom. The program is part of a larger futurePREP initiative led by OAISD.
During the summer months, educators work with their assigned business partner to observe day-to-day business operations and get up-to-speed on the skills their students need in order to be successful in the workforce. Simultaneously, participating businesses are helping to educate their local job pool by sharing the skills needed in their field for teachers to bring back to the classroom. Educators continually update their unit and lesson plans, and share their learning experiences with fellow educators and business professionals to increase the relevancy of the student’s education and better prepare the students for life after high school.
Nancy Manglos, Talent Development Manager