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Inside Berks Business

Teachers in the Workplace

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.

Hosting interns in the insideBERKSbusiness program gives 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 Businesses

In 2019, more than 20 Berks County businesses and non-profit organizations hosted 31 interns as part of the insideBERKSbusiness program. By participating, your business will have the opportunity to:

  • Show teachers which skills are vital to your business.
  • Market careers facing critical workplace shortages.
  • Influence the educational program.
  • Promote employment opportunities at your firm.
  • Achieve positive public relations via community outreach.

For business and organizations that participate, there is a minimal time commitment. Participating businesses do not pay a fee to participate in the program.

Apply for 2020

Apply for 2020: The iBb program for 2020 will provide opportunities for learning and collaboration between the education and business communities of Berks County.

If you would like to discuss being a business partner for 2020, please contact:

Stacy Dunleavy


Heidi Gamler

2019 Interns and Projects

(Click on intern's name to view project)
Sherry AumanWilsonEast Penn ManufacturingGrades 6-8 | Digital Literacy, Career Concepts & Intro to Business
Kim BarndtTwin ValleyWhite Star Tours & Travel CenterGrades 9-12 | Family & Consumer Sciences
Samhita BasuthakurReadingBerks Community Health CenterGrades K-1 | ESL
Alice BowersReading-Muhlenberg CTCTower HealthGrades 10-12 | Nursing Careers
Lauryn Conway-BenckerFleetwoodUnited Way of Berks CountyGrade 4
N. Thomas CraverExeterEast Penn Manufacturing &
Penske Truck Leasing
Grades 9-12 | Computer Science & Math
Gerald GalczynskiBCTCAlcon Research, Ltd.Grades 9-12 | Cabinetry & Wood Tech
Suzanne GattoTwin ValleyCrowne Plaza - ReadingGrades 10-11 | English
Ginger GoudieThe Janus SchoolSOLO LabsGrades 11-12 | Algebra, Geometry & Success Classes (Transition)
Amy HagerBoyertownTower HealthGrade 4
Nicole HardingOley ValleyEast Penn ManufacturingGrade 4
Kaitlin HemphillWilsonGage PersonnelGrades 4-5 | Learning Support
Suzanne HoffmanBoyertownLiberty EnvironmentalGrades 10-12 | Environmental Science
Lisa JacobsonSchuylkill ValleyWyomissing Animal HospitalGrades K-4 | Psychology
Laura JohnstonBCIUSafe BerksGrades 6-12 | English
Joseph KollarWyomissingMitsubishi Chemical Advanced MaterialsGrades 8-9 | Physical Science
Grades 11-12 AP Chemistry
Donna LaskoskyBoyertownBerks NatureGrade 8 | Science
Karen LaubBoyertownWeidenhammer Systems CorporationGrade 7 | ELA
Brian LiskeyWyomissingMitsubishi Chemical Advanced MaterialsGrades 7-12 | Science & Engineering
Courtney MaguireSchuylkill ValleyTower HealthGrade 4
Lauren MatthewsSchuylkill ValleyCrowne Plaza - ReadingElementary School Counselor
Teresa McCarthy-WrightHamburgFamily Guidance CenterGrades 9-12 | Gifted, Publications & Librarian
Sara McHaleTwin ValleyBerks County Conservation DistrictGrades 7-12 | Spanish
Caroline McRobbieTwin ValleyPA German Cultural Heritage CenterGrades 11-12 | Social Studies (International Studies)
Courtney MoyerTwin ValleyAlcon Research, Ltd.Grades 9-12 | Technology Education & Engineering
Shawna OswaldKutztownReading Fightin PhilsGrade 4
Doreen OttavianiHamburgHawk Mountain SanctuaryGrade 11 | Chemistry
Kyla RamseyReadingEast Penn ManufacturingKindergarten
Brad SelbstGovernor MifflinAnimal Rescue League of Berks CountyGrades 11-12 | English
Erin TenneyKutztownSOLO LabsGrades 9-12 | Special Education & Transition
Susan ThompsonThe Janus SchoolTower HealthGrades 9-10 | Math

Program Contact Info


Stacy Dunleavy

Heidi Gamler

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