Educators in the Workplace

Educators in the Workplace: Bridging the gap between education and business

Skills in Scranton and the Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board have had historic success in bringing together business, education, workforce and other community partners to better prepare Lackawanna County residents for the world of work.

Offered through a collaboration between the Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board and Skills in Scranton, Educators in the Workplace seeks to align and connect business and industry leaders with local school districts, the career and technical center and the local intermediate unit.

Educators in the Workplace provides Lackawanna County educators with a five-day industry immersion experience in one of four industry specific cohorts.  Educators will get a sneak peek inside a Lackawanna County company, real time Chapter 339 application, and 30 credit hours of Act 48.

Immersion experiences within Lackawanna County’s leading and emerging industries include:

  • Orientation Day: October 8, 2020*
  • Logistics & Transportation: October 20-22, 2020 (at Business Host)**, October 29, 2020 (Debriefing Day)
  • Manufacturing, Construction and Trades: October 27-29, 2020 (at Business Host)**, November 5, 2020 (Debriefing Day)
  • Business Services & Entrepreneurship: November 17-19, 2020 (at Business Host)**, December 3, 2020 (Debriefing Day)
  • Healthcare: December 1-3, 2020 (at Business Host)**, December 8, 2020 (Debriefing Day)

*Cohort Orientation is mandatory for all applicants selected to participate in the Educators in the Workplace program.

** Please note that if you are chosen to participate in Educators in the Workplace, your hosting experience may be with 3 business hosts (1 per day) or 1 business host for the entirety of the three days. Please indicate your preference on your application. We may not be able to accommodate all requests due to variance in business host spots

Past Industry Partners:

  • Admiral Management Svcs, LLC
  • Allied Services
  • Barry Callebaut
  • Barry Isett & Associates
  • Cintas
  • Commonwealth Health
  • Delta Medix
  • Geisinger
  • General Dynamics
  • Hendrick Manufacturing
  • Highland Associates
  • Honesdale National Bank
  • Jack Williams Tire & Auto
  • Kane Is Able
  • Lockheed Martin
  • McLane Company Inc.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
  • mtfbiologics
  • NET Federal Credit Union
  • PA American Water
  • Penn East Federal Credit Union Process Technologies and Packaging
  • Pompey Automotive Group
  • Process Technologies and Packaging
  • Quandel Construction Group
  • Sandvik Materials Technology
  • Scranton Primary Health Care Center, Inc.
  • Select Tissue
  • St Joseph’s Center
  • UGI Utilities, Inc.
  • Universal Printing

Who can apply?

  • Teachers from Kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Administrators
  • Career & Technical Education Instructors

Why?

  • Answer the age-old question of ‘Why do I need to learn this?’ Participating in this experience will assist you in finding ways to link what you teach in the classroom to real-world applications, keeping your students engaged and excited about what they’re learning.
  • Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce.
  • Direct interaction with business and industry leaders will provide participants with information on industry trends and needs that will enhance classroom instruction, student learning and career readiness.
  • Gain a first-hand perspective on the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in the 21st century economy.

What will I be doing?

  • Educators will spend two days in classroom learning sessions and three days of on-site business engagement where the needs of a changing workforce will be highlighted.
  • Educators will directly interact with leaders of the business community and build relationships.
  • Educators will learn about local businesses and employment opportunities within those businesses.
  • Click here to see past agendas.

Next Steps:

  1. Apply to participate!
  2. Complete the 2020/2021 Educators in the Workplace application. Applications can be completed and submitted online by clicking here or via the printable application.

Educators play an important role in connecting students of all ages to the world of work.  The Chamber’s role is to provide opportunities and resources to strengthen an educator’s ability to guide students in making informed career and education decisions.

If you are an educator interested in learning more about this program, contact Lisa Ross, Education Outreach Coordinator at LRoss@scrantonchamber.com  or Brianna Florovito, Workforce and Entrepreneurial Development Specialist at bflorovito@scrantonchamber.com or call (570) 342-7711.

For Businesses

Businesses can gain a better understanding of what is being taught in the classroom and gain valuable insight from experienced teachers. Educators can gain a more robust understanding of the technical skills, behaviors and mindsets students need to be successful in today’s professional environment.  The Educators in the Workplace experience seeks to ensure K-12 students are being taught the essential knowledge and skills, as well as guidance to prepare them for the workplace of today and tomorrow.

Why?

  • Show educators which skills are vital to your business.
  • Market careers that are facing workforce shortages.
  • Promote employment opportunities at your organization.
  • Achieve positive public relations via community outreach.
  • Participate in an experience that will provide wonderful opportunities for learning and collaboration between the education and business communities of Lackawanna County.

What will I be doing?

Prior to the educator’s industry immersion experience, businesses are asked to identify the opportunities and challenges related to hiring, training, promoting and retaining workforce.

You will have the opportunity to host a group of educators in your business for either 1 day or 3 days. You will receive step-by-step guidance and a variety of resources and materials to develop your hosting experience. You may also request particular educator qualifications ( i.e. High school STEM teacher from Abington Heights). However, please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

To provide a meaningful experience to the Educators, businesses are asked to: 

  • Guide educators through your entire business environment, highlighting the skills that are vital to your business.
  • Share knowledge of the structure of the organization as well as the profile of the workplace (employment opportunities, educational background, salary ranges, training needs, ongoing professional development, etc.)
  • Expose educators to careers that are facing critical workforce shortages.
  • Discuss skills needed and challenges facing the industry.
  • Discuss topics such as the impact of technology, diversity in the workplace, employee benefits and work ethic.
  • Assign them a mentor to serve as their liaison to the business.
  • Businesses are encouraged to involve Educators to all major areas of their business operations.

Next Steps:

  1. Register to become a business host!
  2. Complete the 2018/2019 Educators in the Workplace Business Host form. Forms can be completed and submitted online by clicking here or via the printable form.

Join us for tours and events that give educators an inside look at local business and industry and the kind of career opportunities that are available in Northeast Pennsylvania. If you are a business interested in learning more, contact Brianna Florovito at bflorovito@scrantonchamber.com or (570) 342-7711.