Teachers@Work Program Takes Off in Triangle Businesses
Excerpt from Teachers@Work press release for Wake County:
Raleigh, NC, July 7, 2016 – The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is pleased to announce the business and teacher participants in the 2016 Teachers@Work® initiative. The program connects educators to local businesses for an experiential learning opportunity that can be transferred to classrooms and students. As part of the initiative, 51 middle and high school teachers will partner with 30 NCBCE business members across the state this summer in order to create relevance between classroom curriculum and the skill sets needed by local employers.
The 2016 Teachers@Work® business and teacher participants from the Triangle area are:
- Red Hat, Raleigh – Karen Hudson Bott, Overhills High School
- Lenovo, RTP – Pierre Cobb and Linwood Starling, Pine Forest High School
- Fidelity Investments, RTP – Dianna Sartor, Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
- Drucker & Falk, Durham – Jameya Green, Lucas Middle School
- Caterpillar, Sanford – Douglas LeCorchick III, Southern Lee High School
- VIF, Chapel Hill – Brenda De Leon, Chapel Hill High School
- MCNC and Biogen, Durham – Anthony Pierce, Hillside New Tech High School
- Gerber Collision, Fayetteville – Veronica Sturdivant, Hoke High School
- Mertek, Sanford – TBD
Other North Carolina business participants include:
BB&T, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Corning, CastleBranch, Mission Health, The Biltmore Company, Nucor Steel, State Farm, Hyster-Yale, Fleet Readiness Center, Spirit AeroSystems, Lenoir Memorial Hospital ,Field Controls, Chef & The Farmer, MSA, BSH Home Appliance Corporation, Vidant Health, SPX Flow Technologies, Duke Energy , Google.
The concept for NCBCE Teachers@Work® is based on teachers spending one week during their summer with a local company in or close to their community. Teachers will be paired with employees of the company and will be exposed to different aspects of the business. During the experience, teachers can extract best practices from businesses for inclusion in their lesson plans and implementation in their classroom for more efficient, effective and relevant instruction.
At the end of this period, the teacher will create a lesson plan that will showcase both hard and soft job skills needed by future employees that are specific to their partnering business or industry. The lesson plan will be executed in the teacher’s classroom during the same calendar year and will be shared with other teachers in their school system and throughout the state.
To find out the specific week that a program is taking place during the summer, contact Robyn Mooring at RKMproductions@nc.rr.com.