The Community Education Center’s DISCOVER Partnership has openings for their Fall “Adopt an Educator” Program. This program is meant to connect academic content with authentic workplace experiences, tasks and skills and to deliver that in a classroom setting. Teacher’s are “adopted” by someone in a company or occupation that is related to the teacher’s academic area of choice. Teachers will spend a day with their host company and develop a lesson that gives students the opportunity to apply academic, technical and/or employability skills in the classroom. The teacher and the host will then co-teach a lesson in the classroom setting. Educators will share ideas with their host and create community connections between their classroom and local businesses. The students will learn more about the companies and occupations in their own communities through this program.
While there are many potential outcomes for this type of program, the main goal is to give the educator a hands-on look at how academic content is applied in workplaces in their own communities. Conversely, company hosts will experience and learn a lot about the world of education.
The program was initiated in the Spring of 2019 with ten teachers participating. Company hosts included Alpha Precision Group; Domtar; American Axel Manufacturing; Elk County Planning, Chief Clerk and Children and Youth; Western PA Conservancy; and Vrobel, Vrobel and Grove.
Elk and Cameron County teachers interested in participating in this program can contact the Community Education Center (CEC) (814) 781-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program, which begins now and runs until December, is sponsored by Workforce Solutions for North Central PA Business Education Partnership Grant from PA Department of Labor and Industry.