INSIDE BERKS BUSINESS

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Berks County employers are facing critical workforce shortages. They are worried about the shrinking pool of educated, skilled workers available to them now and in the future and they are looking to the education community for help in finding a solution to this dilemma.

Schools can’t fix the problem by themselves but they can help. Curricula can build job readiness and strengthen the skills that are most crucial to employers. Teachers and counselors can inform students about workforce supply and demand, career trends, and potential employment opportunities in Berks County.

Participating in the insideBERKSbusiness program will give educators valuable insights into these matters within the context of the local business scene. Fortified with the knowledge gleaned from their internship experience, educators will be able to enrich their career education instruction and counseling efforts.

EDUCATORS

  1. The first step for educators is to apply to the program.
  2. Read the educator brochure and the intro letter.
  3. The 2018 insideBERKSbusiness application.

Benefits for Educator Interns
Inside look at a Berks company or organization – Better understanding of the local employment landscape – Insight into up-to-date business practices – Exposure to modern workplace technologies – Increased awareness of the need for career preparation – Relevant, first-hand experiences to enrich instruction

Compensation for Interns – $500 stipend – 40 Act 48 credits

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES

We invite you to learn about the iBb program by reading the content on this site and by reading the business brochure. If you would like to discuss being a business partner for 2018, please contact Connie Skipper or Heidi Gamler.

Benefits for Businesses
Show teachers which skills are vital to your business – Market careers facing critical workforce shortages – Influence the educational program – Promote employment opportunities at your firm – Achieve positive public relations via community outreach – Finite time commitment – No fee to participate

SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM

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

Each year, we make an effort to recruit business partners that match the interests of the educators who apply to the program. The sooner we know what fields educators are interested in experiencing in 2018, the sooner we can prospect for willing business participants.

2017 INTERNS & PROJECTS

(Click on interns name to view projects.)

NAMEDISTRICTPLACEMENTGRADE/SUBJECT
Erica BachmanTulpehockenEast PennGrades 10-12 School Counselor
Regina BarlettaWyomissing AreaMet EdGrades 7-9 School Counselor
Claire BenzHamburg AreaReading MuseumK-12 School Counselor
Kevin CrawfordBCTCHawk Mountain Sanctuary9-12 Carpentry
Kelly CulbertTwin ValleyNolde ForestGrade 5 Language Arts & History
David DanielsOley ValleyMet-Ed5th Grade STEM
Samantha DuttAntietamSafe Berks7-12 Special Education
Matthew GreenGovernor MifflinEast PennPhysics and Technology Science
Beth IrelandBCTCUnited Way of Berks CountyAdvertising Art & Design
Jonathan KalejtaBoyertown AreaAlvernia UniversityGrade 7 ELA
Andrea LandrumWyomissing AreaGreater Reading Convention & Visitors' BureauGrade 7-8 English, Reading, Communications
Erika LucasBoyertown AreaReading EagleGrade 7-9 Gifted
Eric LynchBCTCPenn Werner HotelGrades 9-12 Culinary Arts
Carissa MadeiraMuhlenbergQuadrant EngineeringGrades 1-4 Engineering (STEM)
Teresa McCarthyHamburg AreaHawk Mountain SanctuaryGrades 9-12 Publications, Gifted, Librarian
Sara McHaleTwin ValleyReading Fightin' PhilsGrades 7-9 Spanish
Elizabeth SlaterMuhlenbergMet-EdGrade 9 Algebra 1
Vicki SmithReadingTompkins VIST BankGrade 5
Kimberly StaubBerks CatholicWhite Star ToursGrade 10 Theology
Elizabeth TechmanTwin ValleyMake the Road PAGrade 8 ESL
Judith TreichlerReadingKautter & Kelley ArchitectsGrade 2
Ed UlmerWilsonReading Health SystemsGrade 10 Chemistry, Grades 11-12 Biomedical Technology
Jessica WernerBCTCPackaging Corporation of AmericaGrades 10-12 Graphic Imaging



contact:
Connie Skipper – 610-987-8496 – conski@berksiu.org
Heidi Gamler – 610-987-8548 – heigam@berksiu.org