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The Maryland Chamber Foundation Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Teacher Externship Program

The Maryland Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2021 Teacher Externship Program, a four-week program in July that connects public high school CTE instructors, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math teachers with business partners to gain hands-on experience in industries related to the subjects they teach. This year, applications are open for public high school counselors and career counselors to apply.

The goal is for teachers and counselors to then use their newfound knowledge and real-world experiences to enhance their curriculum and educate their students on the skills required to enter the workforce of the future. The Maryland State Department of Education is giving participating teachers up to four continuing professional development credits, a testament to the strength of this meaningful program.

“We saw great successes with this, our second year of the Teacher Externship Program,” said Christine Ross, president, and CEO of the Maryland Chamber Foundation and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “Despite restrictions from Covid-19, our skilled teachers and their top-notch business partners worked to create new models for interaction by working remotely to share information. The teachers also formed close relationships with many associates within their assigned companies."

Last July, the Foundation launched its second year of the program and placed four teacher externs at companies Stanley Black & Decker (returning for a second year), BGE, KCI Technologies, and Leidos. Each company partnered with a local teacher from their region. Ever mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic, the four companies all took the necessary steps and precautions to protect the externs and employees, taking extra steps to customize their externship programs with more virtual components. Externs were paid a stipend and gained valuable experiences and perspectives that they are sharing with their students—through field trips, enhanced lessons, in-classroom and virtual visits from their host companies, and much more.

"We are so pleased that the externs can now present their students with first-hand knowledge of the modern workplace and additional choices to help them prepare for future careers. The program continues to help bridge the gap between industry and education.” 

 -Christine Ross

Catonsville High School Teacher Jeffrey Mueller came away from his externship at Stanley Black & Decker with a deeper understanding of the manufacturing industry and the potential of new partnerships between business and education.

Kibwe Shelton, a plumbing teacher from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (Mervo) in Baltimore City, was paired with one of Maryland’s anchor institutions, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE), and learned first-hand how many opportunities are available for students when they graduate.

Shiron Lindsay, a computer science and engineering teacher at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore City, performed her externship at KCI Technologies, a leader in the transportation, site/facilities, environmental, construction, and communications sectors with clients throughout its more than 55 offices and 1,700 employees nationwide,

For Carolyn Lane, Math Teacher at Rockville High School, Montgomery County, the experience at Leidos, a recognized corporate leader in cybersecurity across the federal government and internationally was impactful, even though her externship had to be carried out virtually because of COVID-19.

Maryland public high school counselors, STEAM and CTE teachers who are interested in applying to the 2021 Teacher Externship Program are invited to complete our online application before November 20th. In addition to a fascinating and unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the business side of your field, the program also provides externs a stipend from the Foundation.  

Businesses are also encouraged to complete our online form. You will be contacted to schedule a Zoom meeting to learn more about what it takes to sponsor and host a teacher extern next summer. You may also contact Whitney Harmel at the Maryland Chamber Foundation directly at wharmel@mdchamber.org or call 410-269-0642, ext. 1117. 

To learn more about the Teacher Externship Program, please visit our website.  

Established in 1987 and revived in 2017, the Maryland Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on ensuring that Maryland is a place where people are proud to live and work, and on researching issues important to Maryland: the economy and business climate, the talent pipeline, and the educational and workforce development needs to fill that pipeline. As the research and development arm of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce (MDCC), the Foundation uses data-driven research to help drive MDCC’s grassroots advocacy efforts and implement premier education and workforce development initiatives, like the Teacher Externship Program.

To learn more about the Maryland Chamber Foundation, please visit https://mdchamber.org/foundation/.


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