This June, eight local educators participated in Butler Tech’s Manufacturing Educator Externship Team (M.E.E.T.) program. The opportunity introduced non-career tech teachers from Colerain High School, Fairfield Freshman, Middletown High School, Monroe High School, and Talawanda High School to the world of manufacturing.
Through on-site work experience at four local manufacturing businesses, each of the participating educators spent five full days learning about the business, how they run their operation and all of the different jobs they employ. After the educator externship, the goal is that they are able to embed industry concepts into their classroom curriculum, better advise their students with the application of skills observed in varying careers, and provide alternative opportunities to students, beyond attending college, by witnessing different definitions of success.
Administrators, teachers, and counselors are now able to speak from experience as they advise students on educational and career goals. Butler Tech hopes that the M.E.E.T. program will increase the number of individuals with both soft and technical skills needed to fill the growing number of jobs in the manufacturing industry.
“Our main goal is to take non-career tech teachers and introduce them to manufacturing careers so they can then go back and share with students and parents their first-hand experience was like,” explained Megan Reed, Butler Tech Career Specialist.
“When teachers have first-hand experience that is shared in a formal or informal way it is so much more impactful than them just telling students this is something I’ve read. It’s more human and it’s so much more impactful,” said Reed.
The M.E.E.T. program couldn’t have been possible without our host businesses: AstraZeneca, Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc, Rhinestahl Advanced Manufacturing Group, and Worthington Industries.
Additional gratitude to the Duke Energy Foundation for the grant funding that made M.E.E.T. possible.