endevis partnered with Rutherford Works to provide middle school teachers the opportunity to gain the skills needed to compete in the 21st century workplace

25 middle school teachers from Rutherford County Schools took part in the Rutherford Works Teacher Externship, placed in high demand industries across the Rutherford County, TN workforce.

For two weeks in July, teachers from Blackman, Christiana, Rocky Fork, Siegel and Whitworth-Buchanan Middle Schools immersed themselves in the daily work of staff from Calsonic Kansei, Ingram Content Group, Nissan North America, TriStar Stone Crest Medical Center and Turner Construction.

“By immersing our middle school teachers into the culture and systems of our industry partners, we hope to show educators how they can merge occupational practices with classroom experiences,” explains Regina Ward, director of education and workforce development at Rutherford Works. “Spotlighting soft and technical skills that are desperately needed in today’s workplace lays the groundwork for students at an early age to be successful as they prepare for a career.”

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Regina Ward, Rutherford Works

Rutherford Works launched this program last year to not only inform educators but to also help grow a talent pipeline for the 5 high-wage, high-demand sectors; construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing and supply chain management.

During this teacher externship, educators not only experience first-hand the competencies students need to master in order to compete successfully in the high-wage, high-growth jobs of the future, they also cultivate relationships with talent-seeking employers who can provide students with opportunities for career exploration through the Rutherford Works Career Pathways Partnership.

“We created this opportunity for educators to help them become more knowledgeable about the needs of business and industry,” states Beth Duffield, Rutherford Works Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce Development. “Work environments outside of the classroom are very different than school-based environments and about 80% of teachers have never worked outside of the classroom.”

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Beth Duffield, Rutherford Works

During their externship, teachers also attend in-depth training and orientation sessions where employers, post-secondary educators, and district leaders will discuss current and future workforce needs, the need for hard and soft skills in the workplace, and ways to implement the newly introduced YouScience aptitude assessment results into advising and guidance. By combining multiple resources into one comprehensive program, educators and industry professionals are enhancing student’s exposure to the multitude of career options available to them.

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