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Vidant Health partners with Pitt County Schools for NCBCE Teachers@Work® Program

July 14, 2016 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, NC – Vidant Health is pleased to announce that it will be hosting two teachers from Pitt County Schools during the week of July 18 as part of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education’s (NCBCE) Teachers@Work® program.

Teachers@Work ® is a joint initiative between NCBCE, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), STEM East and the North Carolina Community College System. The partnership links education and the business community in order to help teachers create relevance between their classroom curriculum and the skill sets needed by local businesses.

Vidant Health is one of 14 businesses participating in the initiative in eastern North Carolina. As part of the program, participating teachers will spend one week during the summer monitoring a local company in or close to their community. Teachers will be paired with employees of the company and will be exposed to different aspects of the business. At the end of the on-site program, the teacher will create a lesson plan that showcases both hard and soft skills needed by future employees that are specific to their partnering business or industry. Vidant Health will also participate in a job shadowing or job mentoring program with our partnering teachers’ students.

“Teachers@Work® helps to address the skills gap that many of our state’s businesses are seeing today,” said Sue Breckenridge, Executive Director, NCBCE. “Ultimately, this is about economic development and helping to produce a highly skilled workforce pipeline that benefits communities across the state.”

Christian Korba is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teacher at E.B. Aycock Middle School in Greenville, NC, and Angela Grillo teaches science, also at E.B. Aycock. They will be among 51 middle and high school teachers from throughout the state who will be participating in the 2016 NCBCE Teachers@Work® program.

“Vidant Health looks forward to partnering with Teachers@Work to provide an educational opportunity to local teachers so they may gain knowledge on the many aspects of health care,” said Lisa Lassiter, administrator, Vidant Health Careers. “In turn, they can take the knowledge they gain and implement it into real world daily learning in their classrooms. This opportunity is a win-win for the education system and businesses as we both strive to have a well-trained and engaged workforce.”

During the week, the teachers will spend time in various departments throughout Vidant Health, including inpatient and outpatient settings.

Teachers@Work® is made possible by grants from Biogen, GSK and State Farm. In eastern North Carolina, the program also receives support from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
For more information about NCBCE Teachers@Work®, visit www.ncbce.org.

For more information about Vidant Health, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

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