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:

>> http://www.berksiu.org/programs-services/professional-development-curriculum-programs/special-servicesstudent-services/career-pathways/

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 a participating business and then to share with each other in small groups a PowerPoint presentation they have developed about their experience to use in their classroom.

Thirty educators from 11 school districts, the Janus School, the Berks Career and Technology Center, the Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center participated at 23 businesses and other organizations in 2019. The participating businesses, organizations and the educators annually give the program high marks.

Special thanks to our Berks County businesses and organizations for their commitment to this program.

>> www.berksiu.org/ibb

HIGHER EDUCATION CAMPUS VISITS

All 18 School Districts Participate in Higher Education Campus Visits:

For the 16th year, the Berks Business Education Coalition has organized and facilitated formal campus visits for ninth and tenth grade students beginning high school from across the 18 Berks County public school districts.

Through the course of these years, some 34,000 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 2019, 4,060 students  participated from each of the 18 school districts and the King’s Academy.

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 BUSINESS

For the seventh 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 2019, we had 4,320 students from 18 Berks County schools visit at 35 participating businesses in class-size groups, September – December, 2019.

W are indebted to the participating businesses for their dedication to the program.

>> View the PowerPoint utilized in the program:  www.bbecworkforce101.com

Participating in 2019 were:

Alcon Research, Ltd.GrosfillexSeakeeper, Inc.
Berks County Agricultural CenterMet-Ed, A FirstEnergy CompanySealstrip Corporation
Brenntag Norhteast LLCMisco Products CorporationSFS Intec, Inc.
Brentwood IndustriesMitsubishi Chemical AdvancedSOLO Laboratories
Cambridge-Lee IndustriesNAI KeystoneSunsweet
Carpenter Technology CorporationNew Castle Lawn & LandscapingTower Health - RH&MC
Custom Milling and ConsultingPackaging Corporation of AmericaUGI Energy Services
DoubleTree by Hilton HotelPenn State Health St. JosephUGI Utilities, Inc.
East Penn Manufacturing Co.Penske Truck LeasingViwinco Windows
Electro Space FabricatorsRadius CorporationWeidenhammer
EnerSysR M PalmerWORLD Electronics
Good Life Companies

WHAT’S SO 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 So 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 since 2016/2017 also in Berks and Schuylkill counties.  Teams of six to eight, seventh and eighth graders from 35 schools  in 2019 produced video clips at 35 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 generates enthusiasm, pride, and heightened awareness school wide about employment and career opportunities in the manufacturing arena.

2019-2020 Participants:

School TeamsCompany Participants  School TeamsCompany Participants
Antietam Middle Senior HSSealed AirOley Valley MSDeLux Dental Laboratory
Boyertown MS EastAmerican Crane & Equipment Corp.Reading Central MSMisco Products Corporation
Boyertown MS WestAppeeling FruitReading Northeast MSL&H Signs, Inc.
Brandywine Heights MSElectro-Space Fabricators, Inc.Reading Northwest MSPalram Americas
Conrad Weiser MSEast Penn Manufacturing Co.Reading Southern MSNovipax, LLC
Daniel Boone MSViwincoReading Southwest MSSweet Street Desserts, Inc.
Exeter Township Jr. HSAmerican Polarizers, Inc.Tulpehocken Area Jr./Sr. HSEagle Metals, Inc.
Fleetwood Area MSSunsweet Growers, Inc.Twin Valley MSHeyco Metals, Inc.
Governor Mifflin MSR.M. Palmer CompanyWilson Southern MSWORLD Electronics
Hamburg Area MSRADIUS CorporationWilson West MSBerks Packing Company, Inc.
Kutztown Area MSSOLO LaboratoriesWyomissing Area Jr./Sr. HSCarpenter Technology Corp.
Muhlenberg MSPackaging Corporation fo America