Previously in my column, I wrote about the Dublin City Schools' partnerships with local governmental agencies such as the Dublin Police Department and the Washington Township Fire Department.

We are equally proud of our local business partnerships.

The district is fortunate to have many great business partnerships and I would like to provide just a few examples of their support.

Each month, the District's Business Advisory Council meets to exchange ideas regarding evolving workforce needs and how Dublin City Schools can best prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist, but will, considering the rapidly changing technological landscape.

The members of this group represent some of the largest corporations in our community, as well as local higher learning institutions such as Ohio University's Dublin branch campus.

Some of our Biomedical Academy students experienced some wonderful next-level learning during the summer thanks to this partnership with OU.

We also have a strong relationship with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Ohio's largest suburban chamber. The chamber is a dynamic organization serving as a central hub for our business community.

Each spring, we are proud to partner with them on events such as the Community Champion Awards and Dublin Works: Summer Job Fair for Students.

The partnerships with our businesses involve more than donations.

Internships and real world experiences are vital to a successful, modern education and our business community has welcomed our students with open arms.

Whether in the form of internships for our Young Professionals Academy students, or work experiences for our Post Secondary Access to Transition after High School program students, our local business community is integral to the success of the Dublin City Schools.

In addition to these examples, business partnerships take many forms. Sunny Street Cafe on Hospital Drive, Barry Bagels on Frantz Road and both local Panera Bread locations have been hosting some of my community coffees for five years now and their hospitality and support is much appreciated.

I also would like to mention the Greater Dublin Realty Association and commend its members for their commitment to student mental health.

Increasing support for student mental health is at the top of our priority list and we have had a fantastic partnership with the association during the past few years.

The organization has donated more than $45,000 to district mental health programs to date and recently completed a golf outing fundraiser to benefit this excellent cause.

The district is committed to providing services that meet the needs of the whole child, which includes instruction and intervention in the area of mental health and wellness.

Our services range from practices which promote healthy social and emotional development for all students (targeted curriculums to address suicide prevention, substance use, and mental health awareness) to direct services provided by counselors and master level social workers.

There are many more examples of how our business community supports our district and I encourage you to nominate one of these community partners for our Business of the Month Award. You can find nomination information on our website,

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph. D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.