Community Unites for IAB Meeting

On Jan. 25, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School welcomed local business people, members of the community, parents, students, members of the Board of Education, teachers and administrators to the school’s first Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting. An IAB is a group of people dedicated to providing advice and resources related to the career development of all students.

To begin the event, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta afforded words of welcome as well as shared the purpose and mission of the school’s IAB. “The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Industry Advisory Board is being created to promote partnerships between businesses and our district,” said Agosta. “Working together, we can provide opportunities for our students that will support and develop 21st century skills. Today we take the first step in the development of a lasting partnership that will prepare our students for the workforce.”

Following the introduction, attendees gathered into small groups where they discussed four questions that related to a student’s preparation for the workforce. These questions focused on the skills millennials need to enter the job market in the 21st century, the biggest obstacles millennials face when entering the workforce, how students can prepare themselves in and outside of the classroom and what schools should be doing to help students be workforce ready.

After 15 minutes of discussion, attendees reunited to share what their small group discussed.