Franklin County program connects school, work

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More than 20 educators will participate in the Educator in the Workplace program during the 2018-19 school year. Pictured, top row, from left: Bill Lantz, Jamie Weyent, Reed Miller, Barb Shultz-Newton, Hans Lehman and Chad Zimmerman. Middle row, from left: Mark Scanzello, Barb Kirkpatrick, Eddie Parsons, Kathy Jo Reinsmith, Andrea Spohn, Ray Setaro and Jamie Zimmerman. Bottom row, from left: Sara MaCoy, Erin Barket, Katherine Barnhart, Desiree Benshoff, Alice (Sam) Bingaman, Lana Kindlin, Stephanie Barnhart, Dawn Abraham and Christina Gaudio. Not pictured: Donna Heisey.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Preparing students for workforce needs in Franklin County, Pa., is the aim of a new program involving the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and the Chambersburg Area School District.

More than 20 educators will participate in the Educator in the Workplace program during the 2018-19 school year, obtaining real-world experience at area employers. The knowledge gleaned from these visits will be taken back to the classroom and used to enhance their curriculum.

The participating educators cover many subjects such as English, Latin, math, vo-ag, science, tech education, special education and business.

Businesses and organizations the teachers will visit throughout the school year will include Aerotek, All Sound Pro, the borough of Chambersburg, Franklin County Conservation District, Franklin County government, JLG Industries, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Services, Keystone Health, LCSi Lehman Construction, Manitowoc, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., Menno Haven, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Solinkit, Summit Health and Volvo Construction Equipment.

Orientation for EITW kicked off in mid-August with participating teachers touring ULTA Distribution Center and listening to presentations about the local economy and workforce needs.

Presenters at the orientation were Mike Ross of Franklin County Area Development Corp., Polly Fiegl of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Brenda Bowersox of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and Mike Barba of SCPa Works. Other presenters included Tim Hodge of KRA discussing employment and mentoring programs, and Angela Austin of Summit Health covering soft skills and non-traditional career paths.

The program will end in the spring when educators will share what they have learned and how it has affected curriculum. Educator in the Workplace is funded by a grant through SCPa Works.