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Whetting students' appetites
for the future:

How Berks businesses can inspire career paths through
real life experience from job shadowing to 'Shark Tank'
By Chrissy Faller, Public & Media Relations Director, Anderson Group | ThinkAnderson.com

K

eeping current isn't enough to build a competitive staff
anymore. With the rapid pace of technology, educational
institutions and businesses need to evolve to nurture the
talent that exists in our student populations, and help those skilled
individuals transition successfully into the Berks County workforce.
Relevant, competitive and sustainable businesses are proactive
in addressing their workforce needs, forecasting and planning
how they'll adapt to future trends. They work deliberately to fill
their employee pipeline with specific skills. They also partner with
educators, who also have a vested interest in incorporating the latest
technologies into curriculum for students nearing graduation.

school," said Solomon Lausch, Ph.D., executive director, Berks
Business Education Coalition (BBEC).

Bridging the Gap
To bridge the gap between job skills and career pathways for
students, there are ample opportunities in Berks ranging from
career day speakers and field trips/on-site tours to job shadowing,
internships and mentoring programs.

Berks businesses and educators have a collaborative approach
as they work toward mutual goals with long-term effects including
closing the skills gaps, retaining skilled graduates in the county, and
reducing "brain drain." Together they use resources, such as Berks
Berks has developed a strong infrastructure and programs - such
County Workforce Development Board's industry sector priorities, as Career Ready Berks and What's So Cool About Manufacturing
to identify short- and long-term employment needs. As programs - for aligning opportunities among K-12 students, schools, career
are created to meet those needs, students can see jobs first-hand and technical centers, local businesses, and workforce agencies.
that are in local demand: Manufacturing, Healthcare and Social
"Students benefit from the information and experiences they have
Assistance, Construction, Transportation and Warehousing, and
available to them throughout their K-12 education to help them
Agriculture.
make informed decisions about their future," said Stacy Dunleavy,
"For education, the knowledge gained about evolving workplace Career Readiness Program Administrator, Office of Professional
requirements translates into changes in the curriculum and programs Development and Curriculum, Berks County Intermediate Unit
of study. For business, collaboration provides opportunities for (BCIU). "For businesses, it is a way to let the future workforce know
direct engagement with future members of the workforce, while about the opportunities they offer and to keep the talent pipeline
the students are still under the guiding, nurturing umbrella of the in Berks County."
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