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
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018
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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.