Innovative Teacher Gets Workplace Grant in Indiana and Armstrong Counties

Ms. Jessica Subich, who teaches Family and Consumer Science at Purchase Line Junior / Senior High School, did her externship at Sheetz headquarters in Altoona, PA.

Since the beginning of the school year, selected teachers in our area have been experiencing local industry first-hand.

The Teacher in the Workplace program was implemented by the ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 and the Tri-County Workforce Development Board after they were awarded a $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

This program enables teachers to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need in order to be hired by local employers. Specifically, the funding supports three days of high quality professional development to help teachers implement Project Based Learning and one day of on-the-job shadowing at a local business or industry.

Lori Rodgers, who leads implementation for the project with local school districts, said the results so far are promising.

“To date, 30 teachers from 9 school districts have worked with 26 business and industry partners. The feedback we have received from all participants is that this is an approach they have never seen before and much-needed. Career readiness is key for students who don’t plan to attend college upon graduation. We need to help local students be best prepared upon graduating to meet the needs of local industry.”

ARIN IU 28 provides innovative educational programs, training and support services through partnerships and visionary leadership in Armstrong and Indiana Counties.