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Bridging education and business with The OC’s Dr. Justin Terry | E1949

E1949 • May 15, 2024 • 55 mins

Dr. Justin Terry joins Jason to discuss the future of work, education, and the unique impact of Opportunity Central (The OC). They explore how the school incorporates entrepreneurship, addresses community needs, and more!

Key Points

  • The Forney Independent School District in Texas has created a pioneering 350,000 square foot facility that integrates education with real-world business experiences, allowing students from pre-K through 12th grade to engage in career pathways and gain hands-on experience in various industries.
  • The facility operates with a unique model where businesses can set up shop and offer internships and work opportunities to students, who in turn can earn money and school credit, fostering a practical learning environment that teaches entrepreneurship and work readiness.
  • The project, led by Dr. Justin Terry, is designed to be future-proof, adaptable to changing workforce needs, and has the potential to transform education by providing equal opportunities for all students regardless of their socioeconomic background, making it a subject of interest for educators and communities nationwide.
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