Relationships! They are the cornerstone of our school system. Through relationships with community partners, we build collaborative ideas that sustain the growth of innovative concepts and forward-thinking plans for our educators and students. What stems from them are relevant platforms for programs that fill the thoughts of those in schools. The outcomes are beneficial and inspiring.
One of the growing relationships between our business community partners and the BCPS Office of Career and Technology Education was recently solidified through Manufacturing Teacher Boot Camp, sponsored by the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a nonprofit organization committed to growing and strengthening manufacturing in Maryland. This was the first boot camp of its kind in partnership with Berry Global, Pompeian, & BCPS. Through the leadership of BCPS Office of Career and Technology staff — Coordinator Douglas Handy, Supervisor Alicia Fales, and Supervisor Dr. Michael Grubbs — CTE teachers were able to participate in this new activity. Those in attendance received an overview of the two companies’ goals and missions, histories, and facilities. They also participated in open dialogue with employees.
We at the foundation are excited to see the continued growth of community partners who take interest in inspiring our educators to look outside the box for educational resources. New ideas spark the motivation to research and apply for grants that seek to expand, enhance, and enrich experiences in the classroom.
To discover the opportunities provided to our students, visit the Office of Career & Technology Education website. Please consider being an ambassador and champion future initiatives like this. You can also discover more details about the Manufacturing Teacher Boot Camp here.
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