Potter County educators attend workshop

As part of a three-day Educator in the Workplace event, a number of local companies in Cameron County hosted educators from districts in Potter, Cameron, Elk and McKean counties.

Educators had an opportunity to spend time at Emporium Hardwoods in Cameron County on the first day to get a closer look at manufacturing in the logging and lumber industry.

Educators learned about local job opportunities, hiring practices, employee expectations and skills needed to perform the jobs. Educators were surprised to see all the technology advances and skilled positions that are available in the region.

The Educator in the Workplace experience was intended to provide teachers with a better understanding of the workplace and how their subject matters are applied on the job, identify local career opportunities and skills needed for success and offer ideas for teachers to effectively prepare students to be productive citizens.

Teachers worked in a classroom setting with specialists before and after their group visits in order to learn how to incorporate what they had learned into their classroom lessons.

Kim Rees, Austin superintendent, discussed the future of the skilled job market trend and how to relay that to students during their career exploration; Pam Streich from Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania provided local labor market trends to offer an understanding of the local career demands in our region, and Gina Jones, of Domtar, facilitated employee testing that a prospected employee must take during their hiring process of a new employee to help the educators understand what students need to know to get a job when they graduate.