Educator in the Workplace Finishes 2023 Cohort Chamber News May 23, 2023 Scranton, PA—Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, concluded the 2023 Educator in the Workplace (EIW) program on Thursday, May 4. The program was partially funded by the City of Scranton American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Non-Profit COVID Relief Grant and sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water and the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Twenty-six participants, including teachers, school counselors, principals, administrators, and school board directors, participated in the cohort, learning about Northeastern PA’s in-demand careers and industries. Various sessions included a State of the Workforce presentation, tour of the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, an in-depth look into manufacturing regionally, on-site business tours, presentations by CareerLink Lackawanna and a facilitated curriculum writing session. “The EIW program provides an opportunity for educators to learn from and network with community business leaders and peers from adjacent school districts,” said Emily Pettinato, workforce development specialist, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “Participants share best practices, career pathways resources and essential career skills that can be brought back to their districts and integrated into classroom instruction. The resources provided by the EIW program is supporting the development of a robust regional talent pipeline.” Throughout the 2023 EIW program, the participants have applied what was learned during the program integrating basic workforce skills into classroom instruction. Takeaway lessons included interviewing, resume writing, clocking into class to earn credit, and simulating real-time workplace practices. The Chamber and Skills in Scranton have begun preparations for next year’s EIW cohorts. For more information or to register for future EIW programs, contact Emily Pettinato at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.SkillsinScranton.com. The 2023 Educator in the Workplace participants Include: Johanna Chorba, Scranton School DistrictThomas Murray, Scranton School DistrictHayley Miller, Scranton School DistrictLaurie Marino, Valley View School DistrictJohn Fox, Riverside School DistrictRichard Hensel, Scranton School DistrictKarlene Cicco, Scranton School DistrictBonnie Baker, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna CountySamantha Masco, Carbondale Area School DistrictLicia Olivetti, Carbondale Area School DistrictDalyana Gillette, Scranton School DistrictJohn Ray, Scranton School DistrictNanine Gramigna, Scranton School DistrictJessica Norris, Scranton School DistrictGabrielle Pidgeon, Carbondale Area School DistrictAmanda O’Brien, Scranton School DistrictCarrie Wittenbrader, Western Wayne School DistrictJessica Capwell, NEIU19Melinda Arcuri, Marywood University Adult Basic Literacy Education ProgramSandy Morahan, Forest City School DistrictTeri Erdmann, Forest City School DistrictKatelyn Phillips, Lakeland School DistrictLarry Pegula, Valley View School DistrictLori Kelley, Valley View School DistrictChristina Burak, Valley View School DistrictMary Swift, Scranton School District About Skills in Scranton Skills in Scranton, an affiliate organization of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, integrate workforce and economic development through collaborative partnerships, connecting industry and education to drive local economic prosperity. About The Greater Scranton Chamber of CommerceThe Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the area’s economic environment and quality of life by offering programs and services which stimulate economic growth, promote business prosperity and nurture educational opportunities. For more information about the Chamber, visit www.scrantonchamber.com.