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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.
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
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 2019, please contact Stacy Dunleavy 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
The iBb program for 2019 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 2019, the sooner we can prospect for willing business participants.
(Click on interns name to view projects.)
|Regina Barletta||Wyomissing||Quadrant Engineering||Grades 7-9 School Counseling|
|Elaine Caffarelli||Tulpehocken||East Penn||Grade 7 Study Skills/Library Research|
|Jessica Christman||Twin Valley||Berks County Conservation District||Grades 9-12 Gifted Support, Chemistry|
|Kristi Coble||Exeter Township||Safe Berks||Grades 9-12 Special Education/Emotional Support|
|Jessica Frank||Hamburg||Berks County Park & Rec.||Grade 6 Learning Support|
|Suzanne Hoffman||Boyertown||Met-Ed||Grades 10-12 Biology and Environmental Science|
|Joel Kleinspehn||Schuylkill Valley||Met-Ed||Grade 4|
|Joseph Kollar||Wyomissing||Tower Health||Grades 8-12 AP Chem, Honors Chem, Physical Science|
|Kylie LaSota||Kutztown||West Reading Borough||Grade 1|
|Eric Lynch||BCTC||East Penn||Grades 9-12 Culinary Arts|
|Beatrice Martinez-Crespo||Governor Mifflin||Crowne Plaza||Spanish I|
|Teresa McCarthy-Wright||Hamburg||White Star Tours & Travel||Grades 9-12 English, Gifted, Librarian|
|Sara McHale||Twin Valley||East Penn||Grades 7-9 Spanish I and II|
|Denise Paulson||BCTC||Weidenhammer||Grades 10-12 Computer Programming|
|Tracy Peppiatt||Hamburg||Berks County Park & Rec.||Grades K-5 Speech-Language Pathology|
|Michele Schoener||Kutztown||PA German Cultural Heritage Center||Grades 3-4 Learning Support|
|Elizabeth Schucker||Schuylkill Valley||Berks Conservation District||Grade 4|
|Brad Selbst||Governor Mifflin||Caron Foundation||Grades 11-12 English|
|Lisa Speece||Exeter Township||Tower Health||Spanish I & II|
|Luis Vanderhorst||Reading||East Penn||Grade 6 Social Studies|