Lane County teachers learning from the pros with 'externships'

The teachers plan to share their new skills with their students to get them ready for jobs in different industries.

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 7:06 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- It may be summer break, but some teachers are spending time learning from the pros so they can get their students ready for the real world.

Thirteen high school teachers from school districts all around Lane County have been doing “externships” with 11 local companies.

They’re halfway through the summer program, and on Thursday they spent the afternoon going over what they’ve learned so far.

The teachers plan to share their new skills with their students to get them ready for jobs in different industries.

Connected Lane County puts on the program. They are dedicated to increasing high school graduation rates and creating new pathways for students.

“Teaching a teacher, it just creates this ripple effect,” Heidi Larwick with Connected Lane County said. “So they’re teaching this teacher, that teacher goes on and teaches many students, and those students are more prepared to work in their industry.”

Weyerhaeuser, Precision Metal Polishing and Seneca Sawmill Company are just some of the businesses taking part in the program.

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