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Educator In The Workplace Launches To Connect Classrooms And Businesses


Educators in the photo are named below.
Top Row: Bill Lantz, Jamie Weyent, Reed Miller, Barb Shultz-Newton, Hans Lehman, Chad Zimmerman
Middle Row: Mark Scanzello, Barb Kirkpatrick, Eddie Parsons, Kathy Jo Reinsmith, Andrea Spohn, Ray Setaro, Jamie Zimmerman
Bottom Row: Sara MaCoy, Erin Barket, Katherine Barnhart, Desiree Benshoff, Alice (Sam) Bingaman, Lana Kindlin, Stephanie Barnhart, Dawn Abraham, Christina Gaudio
Not pictured: Donna Heisey

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and the Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) are partnering to present Educator in the Workplace (EITW); a program designed to connect classrooms and businesses that will help schools prepare students for workforce needs in Franklin County.

More than 20 educators from CASD will participate in the program during the 2018-19 school year by obtaining real world experience at area employers. The knowledge gleaned from these visits will be taken back to the classroom and used to enhance their curriculum.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Chambersburg Area School District to provide this valuable program to our community,” said Robin Harmon, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation. “Workforce development continues to be a key need in our community, and this will undoubtedly serve as a great tool to help our educational institutions and businesses work even more closely.”

The participating educators cover many subjects such as English, Latin, math, vo-ag, science, tech education, special education and business. Businesses the teachers will visit throughout the school year will include Aerotek, All Sound Pro, Borough of Chambersburg, Franklin County Conservation District, Franklin County Government, JLG Industries, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Services, Keystone Health, LCSi Lehman Construction, Manitowoc, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., Menno Haven, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Solinkit, Summit Health and Volvo Construction Equipment.

“The EITW opportunities will allow our teachers to experience local business and industry careers first-hand,” said Dr. Crystal Lautenslager, director of educational programming at CASD. “They will be able to see how concepts and standards taught in CASD courses apply to a variety of career fields. We are excited to have our teachers connect with our community partners in order to bring real world application of content to our students in the classroom.”

Educator in the Workplace will culminate with a showcase in Spring 2019 where educators will share what they have learned and how it has impacted their curriculum. Orientation for EITW kicked-off in mid-August with participating teachers touring ULTA Distribution Center and listening to presentations about our local economy and workforce needs.

Presenters at the orientation were Mike Ross of Franklin County Area Development Corp., Polly Fiegl of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Brenda Bowersox of the PA Department of Labor and Industry Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and Mike Barba of SCPa Works. Other presenters included Tim Hodge of KRA discussing employment and mentoring programs as well as Angela Austin of Summit Health covering soft skills and non-traditional career paths.

Educator in the Workplace is funded from a grant through SCPa Works. To learn more about the program, contact Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or email The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. It is dedicated to advancing the free enterprise system through education and by promoting citizenship and leadership. 

Press release provided by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce