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

November 18
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 18
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
November 21
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
6:00 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
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 .
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
6:00 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
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 .
November 23
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
3:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 23
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

This six week crash course willintroduce high school students in 9th – 12th grade toskills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session willinclude a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacksand Ride to Read passes will be available.

Titles:

· Thursday,November 2, 2017 – What Your Library Has to Offer: GRPL Databases

· Thursday,November 9, 2017 – Telling Your story: The College Essay

· Thursday,November 16, 2017 – You Are Your Brand: Digital Citizenship for FutureProfessionals

· Thursday,November 30, 2017 – What is a Research Question?

· Thursday,December 7, 2017 – Credit Where It's Due: Plagiarism and Copyright

· Thursday,December 14, 2017 – True or False: Making Sense of the Media and Other Sourcesof News

November 25
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 25
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.