Burke County Public Schools hosted its first summer internship program for teachers the week of June 12.
Called Burke Works, the program targeted BCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers and included tours of local manufacturing companies and discussions with local employers about today’s workforce needs.
For three days, 15 teachers, as well as the career development coordinators from each of the four high schools, loaded a bus in the morning and spent the day seeing for themselves what is manufactured in Burke County. They toured Manufactured Solutions, Continental, Opportunity Threads and Ekornes. They also toured and experienced a hands-on project at Western Piedmont Community College and toured Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. The program concluded with a round-table discussion with area managers and human resource directors from Kellex Seating and Valdese Weavers, as well as a representative from NC Works.