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2017 Educator Externship Experience

July 10th - 14th

Cost: FREE! (CEU's available for $10 through ESC Region 14)

Stipend: $1,000 + $250 bonus for lesson plan

Location: Various employers throughout the Abilene area

Tracks: Career & Technical Education Single Employer or Career Pathway Multi-Employer 

Sample Agenda:

  • Monday
    9 - 10:30 a.m. Orientation at Region 14 southside location
    10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Meet your host employer(s)
    11:30 - 1:00 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
    1:00 4:00 p.m. CTE and Career Pathway Experience meet at assigned employer(s)
  • Tuesday-Thursday
    CTE Track - Schedule will be determined and set by individual employers
    Career Pathway Experience - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    9 - 11 a.m.  Wrap-up and end of experience surveys at Region 14 Southside location 

ELIGIBILITY: The E3 Educator Externship Experience is intended for educators who are currently teaching students in grades 4th through 12th in a public school setting and who plan on returning to the classroom for the 2017 through 2018 school year. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 9, 2017 (Applicants will be placed on a waitlist as of Friday, May 19, 2017) 

Educator Externship Experience Overview

The E3 Educator Externship Experience is a collaborative initiative, of the West Central Texas Workforce Development Board, West Texas Energy Consortium, Region 14 Education Service Center, business and community representatives whose goal is to build a seamless partnership to enhance employee, educator and community activities. Team West Texas promotes outreach in science, technology, engineering and math education to help increase interest and awareness in technical careers.

The intent of summer externships is to provide opportunities for educators to participate for a one-week period in business and/or industry to form connections between educational curriculum and business and industry skills needed for a 21st century knowledge-based economy.

The externship is a chance to use a "business classroom" to connect education skills with what is happening in the workplace and to clarify for teachers the vast number of options available to students. Teachers involved in an externship get the chance to practice or observe current technology, view the myriad possibilities within a diverse range of career fields, and learn what new skills, knowledge, and further education are necessary for the careers in the academic areas in which they teach.

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