The ITC is excited to report Idaho companies can host a summer teacher extern; and applications open! Be a part of impacting Idaho’s classrooms by helping educators/career counselors with industry experience to take back to the classroom! This program helps teachers prepare their students for careers in Idaho through hands on work experience. The ITC is excited to host an extern and help bridge the gap between industry and education.
Here are the details:
Externs work 200 hours between June 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 (schedule mutually agreed upon by the extern and host site) and are paid $5,000.00 through the STEM Action Center. Host sites are encouraged to share the cost, but it’s not required for participation.
Here’s what host businesses have said:
“The externship program fills an important link that can help students know what “tomorrow” will look like.” Brian Cronin, Senior Vice President, Strategies 360
“I really like the [externship] program; it's the most tangible approach to communicate back to the students what life in an actual company looks like that I have ever seen.” Markus Nigrin, CEO, Blocksmith VR
Here’s what the Externs think:
My externship at Western States Equipment has given me an opportunity to practice the creative and technical skills that I teach in my computer science classes during the school year. I have spent the last few weeks developing apps that the company can use to help streamline internal work processes. In this "real world" project, there is no assessment rubric, no example project, and only vague project requirements. My ability to develop a useful project has been heavily dependent on collaboration with my coworkers, research on google, a little creativity, and lots of trail and error. Each project has gone through multiple iterations based on feedback and testing, and the final products are different than what my coworkers may have created, but no more or less "correct". I look forward to getting my students to complete similar projects this upcoming year!
- Maggie Chapman
While I teach adaptation in my classroom, I never thought about how it could apply to something besides the change of a species over time. I watch the people around me adapt to the circumstances of their clients in ways I never would have thought possible. When I asked about educational backgrounds, I expected to hear everyone say, “Business!” or “Marketing!” or “Accounting!”, but I was wrong. There are many different backgrounds in this building. While there is one employee with an education in communications and public relations, the others focused on poly sci., history, Spanish, education, and graphic design while in school. This has been powerful, and I can’t wait to bring these details back to my classroom. I have an opportunity to share this experience with my students and show them that, just because they might go to school for one thing, that doesn’t mean that they will be trapped in that career for their entire lives or limited by their experiences.
As students stroll into my mathematics classroom each day they anticipate learning topics including imaginary numbers, exponential functions, logarithms, etc. Most modern classrooms also integrate ‘soft-skills’ into each lesson. I imagine that collaboration, communication, and organization are commonly taught soft-skills. Fortunately, my externship has given me the perfect platform to learn which soft-skills are necessary to succeed in the workforce. I was delighted to dive deep into the data and analyze the results I collected from my Saint Alphonsus colleagues. While I already integrate skills like attention-to-detail, organization, and flexibility, other skills surfaced that had never occurred to me. Because of this externship exercise, I plan to include empathy, customer-service, willingness, and stress-management into my lesson planning to better equip my students for future success.
~ Scroll down and click on “Interested in Hosting an Extern for Summer 2020”
~ Fill out the form and click SUBMIT
John McFarlane Matthew Thomsen
Idaho STEM Action Center Idaho Workforce Development
Externship Program Coordinator Business Partnership Manager
Phone: 208-488-7562 Phone: 208-231-1466
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