Momentum Magazine December 2019 Edition - Page 6

Meet Tomorrow’s Workforce Educators in the Workplace program creates connections between K-12 teachers and businesses When a middle or high school student hears the phrase, “career readiness,” his or her natural response is “for what?” Thanks to the Chamber’s Educators in the Workplace program, area education professionals are now equipped to answer that question based on both facts and first-hand experience. areas of expertise, giving them the chance to participate in one of four, five-day industry-specific sessions, which feature two days of in-classroom learning and three days of on-site business engagements. “Through the Educators in the Workplace program, there is now a space for teachers and guidance counselors Educators in the to experience what it is like to Available Workplace seeks to work first-hand in specific enhance classroom industries,” said Brianna cohorts include: instruction and the Florovito, workforce student learning and entrepreneurial Advanced Manufacturing experience by development specialist, Building Construction & Trades connecting The Greater Scranton Lackawanna Logistics and Transportation Chamber of Commerce. County-based “Educators get to see the Health Care educators with local real-world application of the business and industry topics they are teaching in their leaders. The Chamber classrooms and can better answer links educators with participating their students’ questions of “Why do I member businesses based on specific need to learn this?” The program gives area educators necessary first-hand experience with local businesses so that they understand the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce. Businesses can also promote employment opportunities at their respective organizations to ensure the growth of a talent pipeline. Eligible educators include teachers from kindergarten through grade 12, guidance counselors, administrators, and career and technical education instructors. Businesses that fit the industry criteria are also encouraged to apply to become a business host. For more information on or to apply for the 2020 Educator in the Workplace program, visit: 2019 Participating Schools: • Abington Heights School District • Carbondale Area School District • Dunmore School District • Lakeland School District 6 • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce • Mid Valley School District • Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) • North Pocono School District • Old Forge School District • Riverside School District • Scranton School District • Valley View School District