The BBEC facilitates venues for people throughout the community to interact directly with students in the schools.
Since 2003, the Higher Education Campus Visit program has brought 34,000 ninth and tenth graders into direct contact with students and staff at the five Berks County based colleges and universities. Similarly since 2013, the Students Interacting with Business program has engaged over 26,000 ninth graders with employers at business sites to learn directly about the requirements and opportunities for employment within the greater Berks County community.
The BBEC has taken a proactive lead the past five years to encourage schools to include an internship elective in the senior year curriculum. Six years ago, three school districts offered internship programs. In the 2019/2020 school year, 16 of the 18 Berks County school districts included the internship elective in their curricula. The goal is to have 10% of the senior year county-wide cohort, 5,000 students, participating in an internship elective, learning in-depth about a possible career and/or employment path post high school.
The BBEC partners with the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading (WAC) to include students in the monthly luncheon presentations on important world topics. Since April 2019, the programs have been presented virtually due to the restrictions of Covid-19. When the programs can again be held on-site, which in past years has been at The Inn at Reading, the speakers typically are amenable to presenting at a high school in the morning.