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Teachers Tour Local Manufacturers for Professional Development

posted Oct 3, 2016, 5:05 AM by Chris Whitehorne   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 5:05 AM ]
Maryville, Tenn. – The Blount Partnership and Pellissippi State Community College have collaborated to host Blount County Schools Teacher's Professional Development Day on July 24. Twenty-three Blount County Schools teachers and two administrators are given the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge about what skill sets local manufacturers are looking for when hiring employees.

Two local companies, DENSO (1720 Robert C. Jackson Dr., Maryville, TN) and Newell Rubbermaid (1427 William Blount Dr., Maryville, TN), are providing tours of their facilities.

Topics such as hiring needs over the next few years, what types of jobs might be available to graduates from a career and technical programs and what skills they would expect from a high school graduate, will be discussed by hiring and supervisory personnel from each company.

The Teacher's Professional Development Day was the result of a current initiative with Rob Britt, Director of Blount County Schools, the Blount Partnership, and several local industries to focus on preparing today's students to be "day one" career ready.

"There is a real need in Blount County to make a connection between manufacturers and the schools to not only show that a good living can be made at these places, but also what skills are need to be developed early on in order to compete for a job," said Dave Bennett, CEO of Cherokee Millwright.

"This is a great opportunity for these teachers to relate back to their students the real world applications of what they are teaching," added Bennett. "We are fortunate to have these companies in our backyard and need to make sure the workforce they are receiving has the best training available."

Virginia Hardwick from Staffing Solutions kicks off the tour at Pellissippi State (2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville, TN) with a commentary about employer hiring challenges, before the two-stop bus tour begins.

Additionally, graduates from William Blount and Heritage High Schools are slated to speak about their work experience.