CAREER PATHWAYS FRAMEWORK
Interested Berks County businesses and educational organizations have joined to form the Berks County Career Pathways Alliance. With the strong leadership of the Berks County Intermediate Unit, the Alliance has developed a K-12 framework for career awareness and education. The framework provides a set of standards for the 18 Berks County public school districts to reference, adopt, and adapt as best fits their student population and circumstances. The framework is presented in detail and may be accessed at:
inside Berks business (iBb)
The insideBerksbusiness (iBb) program affords Berks County educators the opportunity to learn on site about a Berks County business or organization. Sponsored jointly by the Berks County Intermediate Unit and the Berks Business Education Coalition, participants spend four days over the summer experiencing the culture of the business or organization, gaining knowledge that they can take into their teaching responsibilities in the new school year. A fifth day brings the participants together as a group collectively, first at East Penn Manufacturing and then to share with each other in small groups a PowerPoint presentation they have developed about their experience to use in their classroom.
Twenty-three educators from 15 school districts, the Berks Career and Technology Center and Berks Catholic High School participated at 21 businesses and organizations in 2017. The participating business organizations and educators uniformly gave the program high marks. A number of businesses have participated yearly since the inception of the program in its present form in 2005.
Special thanks to our Berks County businesses and organizations for their commitment to this program.
HIGHER EDUCATION CAMPUS VISITS
Ninth Graders From All 18 Districts Participate in Higher Education Campus Visits:
For the 14th year, the Berks Business Education Coalition has organized and facilitated formal campus visits for students beginning high school from across the 18 Berks County public school districts.
Through the course of these years, some 26,000 students have experienced first time college campus visits at the start of their high school years to learn directly about the culture and expectations of higher education and the message of what it takes to succeed academically after high school. In 2017, 4,435 students participated from each of the 18 school districts.
Our sincere thanks to Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks, and the Reading Area Community College for their partnership in this program.
STUDENTS INTERACTING WITH BUSINESSES
For the fifth consecutive year, Berks County ninth graders have interacted with Berks County businesses directly at a business site. The students learned about the operation of a business, the factors employers look for in a good employee, and about opportunities for employment in Berks County and beyond. In 2017, we had 3,833 students from 17 of the 18 Berks County school districts visit at 26 participating businesses in class-size groups from September 25 to 29, 2017.
The businesses put their heart and soul into the program. We are indebted to them.
>> View the PowerPoint utilized in the program: www.bbecworkforce101.com
Participating in 2017 were:
|Alcon Research, Ltd.||EnerSys||SFS intec, Inc.|
|BB&T Bank||Fleetwood Industries||Steve Moyer Subaru|
|Berks County Agricultural Center||Met-Ed, A FirstEnergy Company||Tower Health|
|Brentwood Industries||Penn State Health St. Joseph||UGI Energy Services|
|Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC||Penske Truck Leasing||UGI Utilities, Inc.|
|Carpenter Technology Corporation||Quadrant Engineering||Unique Pretzels|
|Dollar General||Reading Eagle||Weidenhammer Systems Corp.|
|Doubletree by Hilton Hotel||R. M. Palmer Company||WORLD electronics|
|East Penn Manufacturing Co.||Sealstrip Corporation|
WHAT’S COOL ABOUT MANUFACTURING
The Manufacturing Resource Center (MRC) is a nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, Berks and Carbon counties.
MRC sponsors, “What’s Cool About Manufacturing,” a school based program to foster increased student awareness of work and career opportunities in the manufacturing sector, first in Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon counties and in 2016/2017 also in Berks and Schuylkill counties. Teams of six to eight, eighth graders from 19 schools produced video clips at 19 Berks and Schuylkill County based manufacturing companies.
The process is a rewarding learning experience for both the students and the businesses. Framed as a competitive process, the program generated enthusiasm, pride, and heightened awareness school wide of employment opportunities in the manufacturing arena.
The video clips are a useful learning resource for career education. Access to each of the 19 video clips is found below:
- Boyertown Area and Bally Ribbon Mills (website)
- Conrad Weiser Area and Misco Products Corporation (website)
- Daniel Boone Area and American Crane & Equipment Company (website)
- Fleetwood Area and Tray Pack Corporation (website)
Video: : www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYuFX4LUffQ
- Governor Mifflin and Brentwood Industries (website)
- Kutztown Area and Petsmart (website)
- Muhlenberg and Appeeling Fruit (website)
- North Schuylkill and Ashland Technologies (website)
- Reading Northeast and Berks Packing Company (website)
- Reading Northwest and Carpenter Technology Corporation (website)
- Reading Southern and Remcon Plastics (website)
- Reading Southwest and Industrial Metal Plating (website)
- Schuylkill Haven and SAPA Extrusion (website)
- Schuylkill Valley and Packaging Corporation of America (website)
- Tamaqua Area and Highwood USA (website)
- Twin Valley and Morgan Corporation (website)
- Tulpehocken Area and Unique Pretzel Bakery (website)
- Wilson Southern and Cambridge-Lee Industries (website)
- Wilson West and Sweet Street Desserts (website)