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.
The insideBERKSbusiness program offers many benefits for area educators. By enrolling in the program, participants will:
In addition, educators who participate in the program will receive a $500 stipend and 40 Act 48 credits.
Apply for 2020: The iBb program for 2020 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 2020, the sooner we can prospect for willing business participants.
|Sherry Auman||Wilson||East Penn Manufacturing||Grades 6-8 | Digital Literacy, Career Concepts & Intro to Business|
|Kim Barndt||Twin Valley||White Star Tours & Travel Center||Grades 9-12 | Family & Consumer Sciences|
|Samhita Basuthakur||Reading||Berks Community Health Center||Grades K-1 | ESL|
|Alice Bowers||Reading-Muhlenberg CTC||Tower Health||Grades 10-12 | Nursing Careers|
|Lauryn Conway-Bencker||Fleetwood||United Way of Berks County||Grade 4|
|N. Thomas Craver||Exeter||East Penn Manufacturing &|
Penske Truck Leasing
|Grades 9-12 | Computer Science & Math|
|Gerald Galczynski||BCTC||Alcon Research, Ltd.||Grades 9-12 | Cabinetry & Wood Tech|
|Suzanne Gatto||Twin Valley||Crowne Plaza - Reading||Grades 10-11 | English|
|Ginger Goudie||The Janus School||SOLO Labs||Grades 11-12 | Algebra, Geometry & Success Classes (Transition)|
|Amy Hager||Boyertown||Tower Health||Grade 4|
|Nicole Harding||Oley Valley||East Penn Manufacturing||Grade 4|
|Kaitlin Hemphill||Wilson||Gage Personnel||Grades 4-5 | Learning Support|
|Suzanne Hoffman||Boyertown||Liberty Environmental||Grades 10-12 | Environmental Science|
|Lisa Jacobson||Schuylkill Valley||Wyomissing Animal Hospital||Grades K-4 | Psychology|
|Laura Johnston||BCIU||Safe Berks||Grades 6-12 | English|
|Joseph Kollar||Wyomissing||Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials||Grades 8-9 | Physical Science
Grades 11-12 AP Chemistry
|Donna Laskosky||Boyertown||Berks Nature||Grade 8 | Science|
|Karen Laub||Boyertown||Weidenhammer Systems Corporation||Grade 7 | ELA|
|Brian Liskey||Wyomissing||Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials||Grades 7-12 | Science & Engineering|
|Courtney Maguire||Schuylkill Valley||Tower Health||Grade 4|
|Lauren Matthews||Schuylkill Valley||Crowne Plaza - Reading||Elementary School Counselor|
|Teresa McCarthy-Wright||Hamburg||Family Guidance Center||Grades 9-12 | Gifted, Publications & Librarian|
|Sara McHale||Twin Valley||Berks County Conservation District||Grades 7-12 | Spanish|
|Caroline McRobbie||Twin Valley||PA German Cultural Heritage Center||Grades 11-12 | Social Studies (International Studies)|
|Courtney Moyer||Twin Valley||Alcon Research, Ltd.||Grades 9-12 | Technology Education & Engineering|
|Shawna Oswald||Kutztown||Reading Fightin Phils||Grade 4|
|Doreen Ottaviani||Hamburg||Hawk Mountain Sanctuary||Grade 11 | Chemistry|
|Kyla Ramsey||Reading||East Penn Manufacturing||Kindergarten|
|Brad Selbst||Governor Mifflin||Animal Rescue League of Berks County||Grades 11-12 | English|
|Erin Tenney||Kutztown||SOLO Labs||Grades 9-12 | Special Education & Transition|
|Susan Thompson||The Janus School||Tower Health||Grades 9-10 | Math|