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Regional Businesses Treat Educators to a Lunch and Learn Summer Series


Area educators have an opportunity to get a little schooling themselves this summer.

Partners in the regional economic development initiative Innovation Valley Inc. are launching "Educators in the Workplace Lunch & Learn" series this summer for teachers and guidance counselors in Blount, Knox, Loudon and Roane counties and Oak Ridge. The Lunch & Learn series is an opportunity for educators to meet with business people in a workplace setting.

Lunch will be provided by the company hosting the event and members of various departments within the company will provide information on the nature of the company's business, the workplace culture and specifics on ways to connect what the students learn in the classroom and what is required in the workplace. Company representatives will offer a tour of the workplace followed by a question and answer session.

Educators will benefit from learning ways to show students the relevance of what they learn in the classroom, hearing ideas about incorporating workplace expectations into the classroom and observing firsthand how businesses operate. Some school districts have agreed to award in-service credits for participation. Educators should check with their district. Businesses will benefit by helping sustain a skilled future workforce and making connections with educators to further support the education of that workforce.

The Knoxville Chamber, Blount Education Initiative, The Roane Alliance, Loudon County Economic Development Agency, and Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, organized the Lunch & Learn series.

A list of events includes:

§         11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Roane Medical Center ~ Harriman

§         10 a.m.-1:30 p.m Tuesday, June 23, Oak Ridge National Lab ~ Oak Ridge

§         11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, Vinylex Corporation ~ Knoxville

§         11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Friday, July 17, Clayton Homes ~ Maryville

§         11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, July 23, Astec Underground ~ Loudon

§         10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, Toho Tenax America Inc. ~ Rockwood

§         11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 21st Mortgage ~ Knoxville. 21st Mortgage kicked off the series with an event on June 3.

§         11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, Energy Solutions ~ Oak Ridge


Seating is limited, and registration is required in advance. To register or for more information, please contact Ahnna Estes, Workforce Development Manager, Knoxville Chamber, at 865.246.2658 oraestes@knoxvillechamber.com.

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