Where the Boardroom Meets the Classroom
"This is a great opportunity for private, public, government partnership," said Roseanne Bisges of Cisco Systems.
Representing career opportunities ranging from agriculture to information technology, industry leaders from across the state came together to find better ways to get careers into the classroom.
"I think the state is taking a step in the right direction," Bisges said.
"Children need to learn this earlier in their scholastic career," said Paul Wright from the Office of Administration.
Beyond the 80 people at the summit, Missouri Career Education sent out over 750 surveys to business leaders so their voices could be heard. Thursday's meeting looked for long-range opportunities to expand.
"They'll receive a broad education and then we'll narrow that," said David Luther, Director of Jefferson City Public Schools. "That could spark them"
Members of the industry advisory council say no other state has done more to seek out industry's input on improving career education.
"This gets me better employees and costs me less dollars for training," Bisges said.