inside BERKS business 2019

Inside Berks Business Luncheon

A record number of educators participated in the 2019 inside BERKS business (iBb) program this summer. More than 30 teachers received an inside look at businesses and organizations around Berks County during the five-day internship. The program – a partnership between the Berks County Intermediate Unit, the Berks Business Education Coalition, and Berks County school districts – is designed to expose educators to career pathways available to their students after graduation, allowing them to better prepare students for the modern workplace.

inside BERKS business tour of Boscov's Distribution Center
inside BERKS business tour of Boscov’s Distribution Center

The iBb program culminated on Thursday, August 8, with a tour of the Boscov’s Distribution Center in Exeter Township. Deputy Executive Secretary Robert O’Brien from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry was in attendance and spoke of the importance of connecting education and business to build and maintain Pennsylvania’s workforce.

Following the tour, the educators and business partners attended an appreciation and recognition reception to mark the completion of the 2019 program. Interns from the following districts/schools participated:


BCIU – THOMAS FORD LEARNING ACADEMY
Laura Johnston – Safe Berks

BERKS CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Gerald Galczynski – Alcon Research, Ltd.

BOYERTOWN AREA
Amy Hager – Tower Health
Suzanne Hoffman – Liberty Environmental
Donna Laskosky – Berks Nature
Karen Laub – Weidenhammer Systems Corporation

EXETER TOWNSHIP
N. Thomas Craver – East Penn Manufacturing & Penske Truck Leasing

FLEETWOOD AREA
Lauryn Conway-Bencker – United Way of Berks County

GOVERNOR MIFFLIN
Brad Selbst – Animal Rescue League of Berks County

HAMBURG AREA
Teresa McCarthy-Wright – Family Guidance Center
Doreen Ottaviani – Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

KUTZTOWN AREA
Shawna Oswald – Reading Fightin Phils
Erin Tenney – SOLO Labs

OLEY VALLEY
Nicole Harding – East Penn Manufacturing

READING
Samhita Basuthakur – Berks Community Health Center
Kyla Ramsey – East Penn Manufacturing

READING-MUHLENBERG CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Alice Bowers – Tower Health

SCHUYLKILL VALLEY
Lisa Jacobson – Wyomissing Animal Hospital
Courtney Maguire – Tower Health
Lauren Matthews – Crowne Plaza-Reading

TWIN VALLEY
Kim Barndt – White Star Tours & Travel Center
Suzanne Gatto – Crowne Plaza-Reading
Sara McHale – Berks County Conservation District
Caroline McRobbie – PA German Cultural Heritage Center
Courtney Moyer – Alcon Research, Ltd.

WILSON
Sherry Auman – East Penn Manufacturing
Kaitlin Hemphill – Gage Personnel

WYOMISSING AREA
Joseph Kollar – Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
Brian Liskey – Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

THE JANUS SCHOOL
Ginger Goudie – SOLO Labs
Susan Thompson – Tower Health