Challenge Days are a one-day event that partners a small group of grades 11 & 12 students with a local business to work on a real business challenge that is currently impacting their company. The students will work on-site at the company (if possible) where they will receive mentorship and guidance from a company representative. Students work through problem solving methods to create one or more solutions to the company's challenge. At the end of the day, students will present their solution(s) to the company representatives.
This program provides senior high school students with an excellent experiential learning opportunity in the context of a real business. Students develop esssential business skills in innovation, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and communication. Companies also benefit from this partnership and often find themselves gaining a fresh perspective on challenges facing their company.
Here's what Challenge Day participant and CEO of Axonify, Carol Leaman, had to say about this program:
"It's a great way for young, motivated high school students to get work experience doing things they love, and for companies to leverage emerging talent."
If you are a company interested in participating in Challenge Day, please contact Scott Verhoeve
If you are a teacher interested in getting your students involved, please contact your school board representative:
Solange Saraiva from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board or Becky Zettl from the Waterloo Region District School Board