Educator in the Workforce offers educators daylong immersion opportunities to learn about the region’s key industries and employers.
Originally launched as a collaboration with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the program began as a way of helping teachers, counselors and others in education better understand the economy and the job market into which they’ll be sending students. After parents, teachers are the most important reference point for students seeking information about possible career paths. Most teachers and counselors, however, have little exposure to industries or workplaces outside of education and have long expressed the desire to learn more so that they can give adequate guidance.
At the same time, businesses have been increasingly interested in finding ways to connect to the next generation of workers. Faced with Baby Boom retirements, many already are struggling with shortages of applicants, particularly for entry-level jobs. Additionally, in our region’s job market, studies invariably reveal mismatches between skills needed for available jobs and the skills of job-seekers.
Educator in the Workforce helps teachers, counselors and others to learn what skills employers are seeking so that they can better prepare students for post-secondary education and careers.
Educator in the Workplace is open to districts or schools that want educators to learn more about the kinds of career opportunities the region offers students. To participate, they must enroll at least two educators and form teams that will create and implement plans to disseminate the learning to peers. Final projects also are required.
Christy Kuehn, PhD