Teacher Internship Program Places 11 Teachers at N.D. Companies
FARGO, N.D. – Eleven teachers are participating in this summer’s Educators in Industry program. The teachers began their internships at companies Monday, June 5th. Through the internships, teachers make stronger connections between education and industry. Six educators are from Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.
Local companies hosting teachers are: Microsoft, CNH Industrial, C2Renew, Moore Engineering, and KLJ. The other companies are Doosan Bobcat (at their Gwinner, ND and Bismarck, ND locations) and Altru Health System in Grand Forks, Minn.
By working with employees at their respective company, each teacher gains more in-depth knowledge of teamwork, collaboration, communication and other critical skills needed to be successful in the work environment. Every teacher will gain the knowledge to develop curriculum materials and lesson plans that create project-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities in the classroom. The teachers will strengthen their ability to make curriculum content more relevant and applicable.
Session dates: June 5-June 30
The teachers spend Monday through Thursday at their respective company. On Friday, the interns meet to reflect on their experiences.
Each teacher receives a $2000.00 stipend and continuing education credit.
The internship program is in its seventh year and was started as a pilot project in 2011 by the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, NDSU and West Fargo Schools. The first teacher was placed at John Deere Electronic Solutions. The internship program is open to K-12 educators in North Dakota and bordering counties in Minnesota.
The ND Department of Commerce will reimburse companies for half the stipend for North Dakota teachers.
The GFMEDC helps initiate and support programs like the teacher internship to establish long-term, workforce-development strategies which support economic growth and vitality.