• Teacher Externship Program

  • Teacher Externship Program

    The Hennepin West Education Consortium and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce 2019 Teacher Externship program will be held August 5-8, 2019.  Applications for the program are available now through 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  Space is limited so apply today!

    Industries and Previous Businesses Included

    •  Manufacturing/Engineering: Metropolitan Council, Kimley Horn, Liberty Diversified International, Bonfe Plumbing Heating & Air
    • Healthcare: Fairview, Optum/UnitedHealth Group
    • Information Technology: Target, Evolve Additive Solutions
    • Agri-business: Cargill, Target
    • Business/Entrepreneurship: Cargill, Target




    Employers are increasingly calling for skilled workers, yet are experiencing difficulty finding talent. Additionally, employers have also identified 21st Century soft skills as essential qualities needing support. Because of these it is vital that our education system partners with area businesses so that relevant connections between classroom content and students’ future career interests can be realized.The purpose of the TwinWest Teacher Externship program was to bring career-based classroom curricula to life and to build a bridge between skills-based knowledge-based education. Through this unique professional development opportunity, West Metro Consortium high school teachers were selected to work side-by-side with an industry peer in a high demand field during a 5-day paid summer externship experience at a TwinWest partner business.


    Benefits to Teachers

     Gain first-hand knowledge of how classroom content and learn-ing strategies are applied in the workplace.

     Create partnerships between education and industry to ensure high demand local workforce needs are understood.

     Create lesson plans linking externship learning to student academic and career planning.

     Receive a $125/day stipend for 4-day externship (approx. 25 hours).

     Enhance classroom curriculum with real-world career connec-tions.

     Earn professional development CEUs.

    TwinWest Contact: Victoria Marley, Talents & Events Project Manager, at 763-450-2227 or victoria@twinwest.com 

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