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, although some events may be themed to focus on a specific field/industry. 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


2017-18 DATES:
Thursday, October 12, 2017       Tuesday, February 27, 2018       Thursday, May 24, 2018
 

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THE PD HUB IS NOW ACCEPTING ENROLLMENT FOR THE OCTOBER 12 TEACHERS IN INDUSTRY. CLICK THIS PD HUB LINK TO REGISTER. 

 

About the employers we will visit on 10/12/17:

October is Construction Month. And in honor of this, all 3 sites we visit will be related to the construction industry. Each stop we make will focus on a different aspect of the field. Come check out a work site in action, see what happens behind the scene at a corporate office and visit a local college that gets students the basic training necessary to jump right into a career. Come to learn something new about a field you might not know much about; walk away with knowledge you can share with your students and an idea of how to connect it to your own instruction.

Rockford Construction: Established in 1987, Rockford is a nationally-recognized construction, real estate development, and property management provider. Rockford is licensed in 44 states and ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the top 150 contractors in the nation. With regional offices in the Midwest and Southeast, Rockford has built projects totaling nearly $4 billion in more than 800 cities across the country.  

Feyen Zylstra: Since its humble beginning - Bob Zylstra & Marlin Feyen first ran the business out of Bob’s garage back in 1980 – Feyen-Zylstra has grown to become a national electrical contractor serving clients in virtually every category. With branches in 6 offices across 3 states, and with work completed across the country and around the world, their vision remains unchanged: to be the first-choice electrical contracting resource for the most demanding industrial and commercial applications in the marketplace.

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.

Upcoming Events

September 25
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Sep 25
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
October 3
Talk & Tour Career Series: Bio Medical Engineering
6:00 PM
MedBio 5346 36th Street Southeast
Talk & Tour Career Series: Bio Medical Engineering
Oct 3
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
MedBio 5346 36th Street Southeast
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
October 10
State of MI Online STEM Network
8:00 PM
online
State of MI Online STEM Network
Oct 10
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
online
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Calling all STEM Teachers - Join Michigan's NEW STEM Teacher Network The STEM Teacher Network is a community-driven PLC that connects STEM instructors across Michigan. Members can interact through our online community or join in on our monthly live online meetings. Each meeting will focus on a specific topic (such as free resources, class routines, or fundraising) and will feature a panel of fellow STEM teachers who are knowledgeable about that particular topic. Our first online meeting will be Tuesday, October 10 @ 8p Live sessions will continue on the second Tuesday of each month. Sign up here to receive the latest updates including an invitation to join our online community. Is this network for me? The STEM Teacher Network is open to any educator or administrator, but our focus is on supporting the work of integrated STEM teachers in grades K-12. You may be especially interested in joining our group if you are: a K-8 STEM “specials” teacher, a high school teacher with a passion for cross-curricular project-based learning, or a CTE instructor in a STEM-related field.
October 12
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Teachers IN Industry
Oct 12
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Teachers in Industry is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about local employers and community organizations through on-site visits and presentations. Call the PD Hub at 365-2235 for questions about registration.
October 21
Girls Rock IT -- Hands on Tech Event
8:30 AM
Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Girls Rock IT -- Hands on Tech Event
Oct 21
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Davenport University, 6191 Kraft Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Girls in grades 4-8 will be given opportunities for hands-on experiments led by some of the area's leading computer and information technology experts. Please join us for breakfast and information session about the expanding world of technology careers as students learn a variety of technology skills as they rotate through different sessions. Learn More and sign up at this link.