INSIDE BERKS BUSINESS 2018

Inside Berks Business 201820 Berks County educators representing 11 schools benefitted from internship placements at 13 local businesses by participating in the 2018 inside BERKS business (iBb) program this summer. During their five-day teacher/intern experiences, participants got an inside look at Berks County businesses and received exposure to modern workplace technologies to increase their awareness of the need for career preparation and to provide them with relevant, first-hand experiences to enrich instruction.

The iBb program for 2018 provided wonderful opportunities for learning and collaboration between the education and business communities of Berks County.

Interns from the following districts/schools participated:

BERKS CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Eric Lynch (East Campus) – East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Denise Paulson (West Campus) – Weidenhammer Systems Corporation

BOYERTOWN AREA
Suzanne Hoffman – Met-Ed, A First Energy Company

EXETER TOWNSHIP
Kristi Coble – Safe Berks (formerly Berks Women in Crisis)
Linda Speece – Tower Health

GOVERNOR MIFFLIN
Brad Selbst – Caron Foundation
Beatrice Martinez-Crespo – Crowne Plaza-Reading

HAMBURG AREA
Jessica Frank – Berks County Parks and Recreation Department
Tracy Peppiatt – Berks County Parks and Recreation Department
Teresa McCarthy-Wright – White Star Tours and Travel Center

KUTZTOWN AREA
Michele Schoener – PA German Cultural Heritage Center
Lylie LaSota – West Reading Borough

READING
Luis Vanderhorst – East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.

SCHUYLKILL VALLEY
Joel Kleinspehn – Met-Ed, A First Energy Company
Elizabeth Schucker – Berks County Conservation District

TULPEHOCKEN AREA
Elaine Caffarelli – East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.

TWIN VALLEY
Jessica Christman – Berks County Conservation District
Sara McHale – East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.

WYOMISSING AREA
Regina Barletta – Quadrant Engineering
Joseph Kollar – Tower Health

On Thursday, August 9, educator and business partners attended an appreciation and recognition reception to mark the completion of this worthwhile experience. inside BERKS business is offered through the Berks County Intermediate Unit, in partnership and collaboration with the Berks County Education Coalition (BBEC) and Berks County school districts. The program has been in existence since 1984.