Educators visit Noble County businesses

April 19th, 2014

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Educators visit Noble County businesses

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:45 am | Updated: 7:26 am, Sat Apr 19, 2014.

By Dennis Nartker

ALBION — A group of Noble County educators recently took part in the third annual Industry to Educator Externship Program in Noble County organized by the Noble County Economic Development Corp.

Educators visited six different businesses in three sessions on April 15, May 7 and May 22. Parkview Noble Hospital and Ashley Industrial Molding in Kendallville welcomed the guests April 15. Eleven educators from East Noble and two from Central Noble high schools visited the businesses.

Central Noble Family and Consumer Science teacher Emily Forbes said the visits were an eye-opening experience of career pathways the community has to offer graduates, according to a Noble County Economic Development Corp. news release.

“Hosting this program is a way for us to give back to the community,” said John Admire of Ashley Industrial Molding. “Hopefully, it gives the educators something to take back to their students in the classroom. It really helps show what jobs are available here and what requirements there are for obtaining them.”

Participation in the externship events will further develop educators’ knowledge of work force opportunities available in Noble County and the skillsets needed, said Rick Sherck, Noble County Economic Development Corp. executive director. The program allows educators to better connect classroom curriculum to careers after graduation.

Businesses involved this year, in addition to Parkview Noble and Ashley Industrial Molding, are Precision Medical Technologies, Hendrickson Suspension, Silgan Plastics and Freedom Wire.