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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 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
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.
(Click on interns name to view projects.)
|Erica Bachman||Tulpehocken||East Penn||Grades 10-12 School Counselor|
|Regina Barletta||Wyomissing Area||Met Ed||Grades 7-9 School Counselor|
|Claire Benz||Hamburg Area||Reading Museum||K-12 School Counselor|
|Kevin Crawford||BCTC||Hawk Mountain Sanctuary||9-12 Carpentry|
|Kelly Culbert||Twin Valley||Nolde Forest||Grade 5 Language Arts & History|
|David Daniels||Oley Valley||Met-Ed||5th Grade STEM|
|Samantha Dutt||Antietam||Safe Berks||7-12 Special Education|
|Matthew Green||Governor Mifflin||East Penn||Physics and Technology Science|
|Beth Ireland||BCTC||United Way of Berks County||Advertising Art & Design|
|Jonathan Kalejta||Boyertown Area||Alvernia University||Grade 7 ELA|
|Andrea Landrum||Wyomissing Area||Greater Reading Convention & Visitors' Bureau||Grade 7-8 English, Reading, Communications|
|Erika Lucas||Boyertown Area||Reading Eagle||Grade 7-9 Gifted|
|Eric Lynch||BCTC||Penn Werner Hotel||Grades 9-12 Culinary Arts|
|Carissa Madeira||Muhlenberg||Quadrant Engineering||Grades 1-4 Engineering (STEM)|
|Teresa McCarthy||Hamburg Area||Hawk Mountain Sanctuary||Grades 9-12 Publications, Gifted, Librarian|
|Sara McHale||Twin Valley||Reading Fightin' Phils||Grades 7-9 Spanish|
|Elizabeth Slater||Muhlenberg||Met-Ed||Grade 9 Algebra 1|
|Vicki Smith||Reading||Tompkins VIST Bank||Grade 5|
|Kimberly Staub||Berks Catholic||White Star Tours||Grade 10 Theology|
|Elizabeth Techman||Twin Valley||Make the Road PA||Grade 8 ESL|
|Judith Treichler||Reading||Kautter & Kelley Architects||Grade 2|
|Ed Ulmer||Wilson||Reading Health Systems||Grade 10 Chemistry, Grades 11-12 Biomedical Technology|
|Jessica Werner||BCTC||Packaging Corporation of America||Grades 10-12 Graphic Imaging|