I'm a consistent advocate of considering the public-private-partnership (P3) model as a valuable tool to help achieve public-policy goals better than either public- or private-sector providers can achieve by themselves.
The State of Alabama, working with Boeing Corp., has announced a P3 to support broader exposure and understanding of STEM skills in their school system and their workforce. This is a classic win/win - the government was unlikely to create and fund this sort of program on its own without private-sector encouragement and support, and the private-sector players don't have the reach and authority of the government to give it credibility and exposure. And the residents of Alabama win broadly by supporting their citizens to develop new skills and knowledge to keep them competitive in the global marketplace. Worth paying attention to . . .
". . . I am so proud of the public – private partnership between the State of Alabama and Boeing to provide access to high-quality career exploration through the Learning Blade platform. Through Learning Blade, students of a variety of ages, interests, and aptitudes will be able to explore career clusters and high demand career pathways. This exposure will help individuals persist in academic coursework and workforce training programs.”