Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud has joined School District 742 and other community organizations such as United Way, Boys and Girls Club, CentraCare Health System, the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in creating Partner for Student Success to “collectively impact and improve educational achievement, post-secondary and career readiness, and civic engagement of all our children.”
As a charter member of the initiative, MSB helped celebrate the official launch of Partner for Student Success at a luncheon at the River’s Edge Convention Center with keynote speaker, Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), Nancy L. Zimpher. Zimpher spearheaded the evidence-based educational reform initiative known as STRIVE while she was President of University of Cincinnati. STRIVE serves as a model for Partner for Student Success.
After congratulating the organizations present who have agreed to partner, Zimpher acknowledged elected officials like Mayor Dave Kleis who “get it,” who understand the need for collective commitment and a “shared community vision.” Cradle to Career initiatives like this one cannot succeed, she insists, without a civic infrastructure.
Locally, Partner for Student Success members commit to ensuring:
- support for every child in an out of school
- every child succeeds academically
- every child enrolls in some form of post-secondary education/training
- every child graduates post-secondary and enters a career.
Partners volunteer in a number of ways and share information. They may tutor or mentor students as MSB does in reading and math at Oak Hill Elementary. They donate resources such as space and expertise, as MSB has through participation in the summer program College Bound with District 742.
The goal is that all partners win as students become better educated and skilled to become strong and engaged community members.