• What are Client Connected Projects?

    Client Connected Projects are authentic problems which students solve in collaboration with professionals from businesses and community partners. 

    MARKET VALUE ASSETS (MVA)
    MVAs are defined as industry-valued, recognized skills acquired in high school that create a more frictionless transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the workplace.  MVAs make further education, training, and ultimately, a job, more affordable and more attainable. 

    Guiding principles for identifying whether an output or experience rises to the level of a markert value asset include:

    • Work output has recognized value within industry or post-secondary;
    • Student performance is evaluated by multiple stakeholders, some external to education;
    • Student growth capabilites in multiple dimensions; 
    • The process of obtaining the asset adds to the student's social-economic capital.

    DOES YOUR CLIENT-CONNECTED PROJECT PROVIDE?
    Value for students: authentic project work, increase in professional network, school credit.
    Value for educators: authentic project ideas, exposure to industry trends and expectations, stepping stone for future internships.
    Value for clients: access to emerging talent, increased awareness of client organization, leadership development opportunity for client liaison

    WHO DO YOU NEED TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL CLIENT-CONNECTED PROJECT?  DO YOU HAVE?
    Client Liaison: These are employer representatives that will initiate and validate student work.  They will provide feedback on job performance.
    Facilitator/Coach: This is the educator who is responsible for guiding the student through the project and internalize lessons.  They will provide feedback on student performance and learning.
    Subject Matter Expert: This is the informal consultant who will serve as a primary resource for industry know-how.  They are responsible for making sure students' approach is viable.


    HOW DOES YOUR CLIENT-CONNECTED  PROJECT FIT THE MVA CRITERIA?
    Is your project sourced by the client?
    Does your project add to students' professional networks?
    Is your project resume-worthy?
    Does your project add to students' professional networks?
    Does your project require at least 24 hours of work with at least 4 hours engaged with a client?