Although the educational system may not be perfect, educational organizations need to take pride in their successes, and market themselves to parents, communitites, and even legislators (Robbins, Alvy p. 179). Investing in relationships between educational organizations and their stakeholders can enhance educational opportunities for students, connecting classroom learning to real world applications. As shared on the Trumbull Career and Technical Center website, they take this very seriously and have partnered with High Schools That Work (HSTW): “the first large-scale national effort to engage states, districts and schools in partnerships with students, parents and the community to improve the way all high school students are prepared for work and further education (2011).”
A. Stakeholder groups
Several easily identifiable stakeholder groups play an active role in the success of TCTC: parents, taxpayers, home schools, businesses and even the adult training side of the Trumbull Career and Technical Center. As a unique educational institution – a secondary school of choice offering over thirty career-technical programs to students from 19 local school districts –two stakeholder groups play a rather unique role. The home schools sending students each year comprise one of these groups, and the many businesses involved in the education of students from TCTC – some offering job training, others being part of the advisory boards for various programs – are another valued group of shareholders.
B. Two student segment groups
There are many student segment groups at TCTC, especially if you consider each program to be a segment group, due to the specific training required, certifications offered, and degree requirements. Other segment groups might be special education students, regular education students, or the various career fields represented – agricultural, arts, business, construction, engineering, health sciences, and others. However, two student groups that cross over all student segments are those who are attending for the vocational opportunities available, and those utilizing high end academic opportunities as a means of jump starting collegiate study. Students attending primarily for vocational training have the advantage of obtaining certification where offered, and being eligible for apprenticeships and internships upon program completion. Students planning on attending college have the opportunity to utilize advanced placement courses, honors classes, dual credit academics, and several career-technical programs have an articulation agreement with local colleges to recognize lab hours as college credit.
C. Analysis of key requirements (stakeholder groups)
C1. Compare and contrast stakeholder groups.
Home schools are extremely valuable stakeholders in that they are the driving force for student referrals, and can help align the student with a program appropriate for their level of interest and ability. Community...