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Local Schools Go International With Help From Clarkson, Slic Network Solutions And Orion Power

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Graduate students from the Clarkson University School of Business, along with representatives from Slic Network Solutions and Orion Power New York, are working with local schools on both sides of the border to establish a new Canadian-U.S. Educational Partnership program.slic

The innovative partnership involves St. Mary’s School in Potsdam, Parishville-Hopkinton and Colton-Pierrepont  schools, and Gladstone Public School in Cornwall, Ontario.  It was developed out of a need to educate students about diversity, technology, careers, teamwork and leadership, with the goal of preparing today’s youth to meet the challenges of the ever-changing workplace.  The graduate business students will coordinate and manage the yearlong project.

“The mission of our program is to enhance the lives of young people by using technology and creativity as a vehicle to increase cultural awareness, career development, leadership and team building skills,” said MBA student Michael Towle of Malone, N.Y.

Andy McAdoo and Jo Ann Roberts of Slic Network Solutions, and Jorge Villali and Rex Spicer of Orion Power (formerly Niagara Mohawk Hydro) will work on the project with the students.

The program will utilize a series of activities at each school to meet these objectives. In April, Clarkson will host the culminating event of the project, a conference uniting the participating U.S. and Canadian schools.

Graduate business team members recently visited the four schools to introduce the concept of team building through a variety of activities, including “The Human Knot” and “Stepping Stones,” in which the students were faced with the obstacle of crossing an imaginary river that could only be solved through the use of team collaboration. 

The team is in the process of planning their next round of visits, which will involve facilitating career assessment examinations.

PHOTO CAPTION: With the Stars and Stripes and the Maple Leaf as a backdrop, graduate students from Clarkson University’s MBA program announce a partnership with Slic Network Solutions and Orion Power New York.  Pictured from left to right: Sandra Zuhlsdorf, Clarkson corporate and education partnerships coordinator; Jill Harrington; Andrew Hider; Carol Frego; Cheryl Clark; Lori Knowles; Jo Ann Roberts, Slic Network Solutions; Christy Beames; Michael Towle; Louise Prichard; Bekki Rose; Julie Hickey; Cheryl Thomas; Michelle Pinard; Sandra Szirtes; Ron Gotham; Rex Spicer, Orion Power New York.

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