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Members Host Teacher Externs

Members Host Teacher Externs

The WorkSource Northeast (NEGA) Georgia Teacher Externship Partnership is a professional learning opportunity which allows educators to complete a period of service in the workplace so that they learn more about local job opportunities and the skill sets needed to meet those career demands. The recent externship was funded through a WorkSource NEGA sector strategy grant, and the hope is that educators will share their experience with students about the products, hiring process, salary, and benefits available to them upon graduation most often without the requirement of a post-secondary degree. 

 Dr. Bo Boykin, Madison County’s CTAE Director and  Broad River College and Career Academy CEO stated, “I believe this is a great experience for our teachers because it helps them to better understand the perspective and needs of local employers. The teachers can then use this knowledge to better prepare their students for their future careers and to show them the relevance of what they are learning in school. We greatly appreciate SPG and Georgia Metals for participating in the program. We look forward to offering this experience for more teachers in the future.” The educators who were selected for this year included Devyn Petterson and Linda Padros, both educators at Madison County High School. 

We appreciate the Chamber members who served as workplace hosts this year. Both Georgia Metals and SPG are platinum members of our Chamber and were gracious enough to sit down with these educators in hopes to benefit our community. Byron Lee, Vice President of Operations at Georgia Metals said, “I was excited to discuss with the educators the basic needs in our workforce and basic ideas on how to close the gaps”. Each business did a phenomenal job translating how their specific subject had direct translation to the workforce. Brian Holcombe, Chief Operations Officer at SPG, shined a light on the importance of work ethic in young adults during their session. “Today’s society tells kids to be successful and make good money. You have to go to a 4-year college; I was able to show these teachers a mix of college-educated adults and skill-trade educated adults, most of whom make more money than the college-educated adults.”

The focus of the Madison County Chamber centers on its role as the go-to organization to serve as the catalyst for community & economic development. The Chamber exists to connect our citizens, organizations, and businesses with the resources they need to make Madison County thrive. Anna Strickland, Executive Director for the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, explains that “The Chamber was proud to be involved in this collaboration through our Workforce Development & Education Committee. We could not cultivate the next generation of local talent without strategic partnerships through our local school system and the Broad River College and Career Academy. Workforce development is the foundation for a thriving economy, and we were thrilled that two of our community’s top employers (SPG and Georgia Metals) were able to expose our educators to local job opportunities and the skill set required to meet those career demands."

If educators would like to be considered for next summer, please contact Broad River College and Career Academy CEO Dr. Bo Boykin:

Written by Kylie Whitworth, Administrative Assistant for the Madison County Chamber of Commerce

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