Thursday, August 20, 2009

Interesting Idea - Corporate Charter Schools

For over a decade US high-tech companies have complained that the US is not turning out enough Engineering talent to meet their needs. This forces them to look elsewhere for the properly trained people. Why not turn to intellectual farming? Using the rules for Charter Schools already in place, perhaps it is time for high tech companies to get into the education business and create specialized schools geared toward training the next generation of engineering graduates.

These schools would have easy access to equipment and a large knowledge base via guest lecturers from the corporation running the school.

Of course there would be a concern about training a student only to lose them to another organization but people tend to gravitate toward the familiar so I would think that students who attended a school run by a particular corporate entity would probably look there first for employment.

These schools would be funded just as other charter schools are, so would not prove to be a drain on corporate finances.

It seems to me like a win-win for everyone.

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