Teachers in Industry

Because Teachers Need Field Trips Too!

Educators spend a day out of the classroom with local employers, exploring industry trends and ways to connect their classroom content to the work world and best business practices. Businesses may host from one to 30 educators at a time for 60-90 minutes. Tours will consist of meeting with 2-4 different employers spanning a variety of business focuses. Generally, visits will be diversified to ensure a range of industries are covered. Cost for these events is $10, which covers lunch and transportation to/from businesses. SCECHs may also be available.

The purpose of this professional development experience is to:

  • Highlight information about local employer needs, labor market trends, and new technologies relevant for teachers 
  • Help educators connect their classroom content to real world applications and business practices so that students are college- and career-ready
  • And encourage meaningful collaboration between educators and the business community

2016-17 Dates:

  • Thursday, October 06, 2016        
  • Friday, December 09, 2016       
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017       
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017

About the employers we will visit on 12/09/16:

For this Teachers in Industry event, we are mixing it up a bit. We will visit two employers (instead of three) thereby allowing more time for each site visit to explore, tour and ask questions. Additionally, it will allow for more time to debrief and discuss how we, as educators, can take what we've learned and apply it to our own instruction. Below are the two businesses we will visit:

Beene Garter: Founded in 1949, Beene Garter LLP quickly established a presence in the Grand Rapids community. Today, Beene Garter is known as West Michigan’s largest independently owned accounting and business consulting firm. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, our team includes 14 partners and over 80 employees. Providing a range of audit, tax & advisory, business support and wealth management services, we focus on serving West Michigan businesses and organizations based right where we are.

GRCC M-TEC: Grand Rapids Community College Job Training is not your typical college.  Instead, it offers real-world hands-on training and operates more like a business than a school. Career Coaches help prospective students navigate the admissions process find the program that’s right for them. Curricula are based on specific objectives recommended by employers, and each program helps with job placement assistance.  There are several training programs available, including: Auto Tech, Residential Construction, Construction Electrical, Computer Support Tech, Welding & Fabrication, Machinist & CNC Technician and Medical Assistance.