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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.

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 Educators

The insideBERKSbusiness program offers many benefits for area educators. By enrolling in the program, participants will:

  • Get an inside look at a Berks County business or organization.
  • Better understand the local employment landscape.
  • Gain insight into up-to-date business practices.
  • Get exposure to modern workplace technologies.
  • Increase awareness of the need for career preparation.
  • Gain relevant, first-hand experiences to enrich instruction.

In addition, educators who participate in the program will receive a $500 stipend and 40 Act 48 credits.

Apply for 2020

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.

The first step for educators is to apply to the program. Read the educator brochure and the intro letter, and fill out the insideBERKSbusiness application

Educator Brochure

Introductory Letter

2020 Application

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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