[Infographic] A Pathway To Shared Educational Facilities

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A Pathway To Shared Educational Facilities

Five Ways Architects, Educators And Employers Can Collaborate To Ensure College And Career Readiness.

Today, college and career readiness means a different educational experience – one that emerges along a continuum extending from PK-12 to the regional workforce, calling for strengthened partnerships between educational institutions and employers.

  • Focus on regional employers and industries
  • Convene a forum of business leaders to understand their vision for the future
  • Collaborate with workforce investment and business advisory boards
  • Honestly assess student readiness for the workforce
  • Link data about job and career forecasts to program design and funding
  • Create critical pathways for students to ensure completion at every level
  • Build a pipeline of well-trained workers to fuel the regional economy
  • Foster entrepreneurism and small business development

Facilitate clear and consistent communication for evolving student needs

  • Multi-functional spaces that adapt
    Technology-enhanced classrooms for instruction and collaboration
    Cafeteria/study lounge options for HS through adult learners
    Security solutions to accommodate all ages and functions
  • Scheduling for overlapping time slots
    By semester
  • Grouping specialty spaces with high-tech needs
    HVAC/plumbing/electrical systems
    Wireless internet access
    Clean rooms/laboratories
    Equipment-intense spaces
    Direct access to outdoors

Consider class size, furniture and specialized equipment.

  • Early College HS Programs – Interdisciplinary HS classes
    Related college courses
    Training in specialized STEM disciplines
  • Incubator/Business Partner Programs
    Research facilities and equipment
    3D printing
    Clean rooms
  • Manufacturing Companies
    Learning laboratories
    Prototyping centers
    Design studios
    Continuing education and safety training
  • Performance Spaces
    Access/circulation for academic, professional, and community groups
    Plays, concerts, lectures, town hall meetings, and workshops

Support 21st Century Learning at every level.

  • Informal spaces conducive to working spontaneously in small to medium sized groups
  • Access to food, comfortable chairs, and flexible furniture
  • Wireless bandwidth to support a one-to-one environment
  • Room layouts that enhance hands-on, real-world working environments for:
    Building models
    Creating presentations
    Handling materials
    Working with specialized equipment
    Student internship opportunities with regional employers

Invite feedback from all users through focus groups, design charrettes, and surveys. These knowledge-sharing, brainstorming efforts will identify.

  • How the quality of spaces influence student enrollment decisions
  • How students evaluate and perceive availability of technology and equipment
  • What students value within their living and learning areas
  • The vision students and faculty have for spaces of the future