Goldsboro, N.C. – Three Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) teachers are among 51 teachers statewide to participate in the North Carolina Business Communities for Education (NCBCE) 2016 Teachers@Work ® program. As part of the program, participating teachers will spend one week during their summer monitoring a local company to be exposed to the different aspects of the business or industry.
This summer, Mount Olive Middle Technology Education teacher, and Chantel Moore, 5th Grade science teacher, Shaconda Ford will be partnered with Duke Progress Energy. Southern Wayne High School business teacher, Caitlyn Foss, will be partnered with SPX Flow in Goldsboro.
“Teachers know the hard skills to teach their students, but they also need to see first-hand how those skills are being used in their local businesses,” said Sue Breckenridge, Executive Director, NCBCE. “This will help them make more relevant connections for their students so that learning is about real-world applications and not abstract ideas.”
At the end of the on-site program, the three teachers will create a lesson plan that showcases both hard and soft skills needed by future employees that are specific to their partnering business or industry. In the coming school year, lesson plans from the 51 Teachers@Work® participants will be shared and made accessible to all WCPS teachers. Students of the three WCPS teachers will also have an opportunity to participate in a job shadowing or job mentoring program with SPX Flow and Duke Progress Energy next spring.
“This workforce development program is designed to help bridge the gap between education and business and industry,“ states Beverly Boltinhouse, WCPS Career & Technical Education Associate Director. “All of our schools are working to equip students with the necessary tools to be successful academically and professionally after graduation. Through this experience, these three teachers will become a resource to their schools and the district by helping identify employable workforce skills at local industries that can be transferred to a classroom environment.”
Teachers@Work® is a joint initiative between NCBCE, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, STEM East and the North Carolina Community College System.
(For more information, contact Beverly Boltinhouse at 919-705-6187 or Robyn Mooring, Public Relations/Communications Specialist at 919-302-0259 / RKMproductions@nc.rr.com)