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industry to educators externship

Connecting educators to industry

The Industry to Educators Externship program provides Northeast Indiana High School educators and guidance counselors the opportunity to learn about STEM-related industries in the region through a week-long exploration of regional defense industry companies.

Working together, Graduate Retention and NIDIA (Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association) are eager to attract the best and brightest young talent as future employees by promoting the development of STEM-related skills. This is an amazing opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Raytheon, BAE, Northrop Grumman, Exelis, and USSI Ultra Electronics.

This groundbreaking experience equips teachers to provide a superior classroom experience with real-world problems and provide students with a solid education in math and science. It facilitates shared experiences between local educators, provides teachers with valuable industry connections for classroom speaking and career advising, and encourages collaboration between school administrators and local leadership.

The concept of an externship program originated when Raytheon conducted a pilot program in 2007 with two high schools and three teachers. The concept has continued to grow each year since, and in 2012 expanded to include guidance counselors and new defense companies.

Participants may receive Professional Growth Points for attending the Externship.

Contact Sarah Plew with questions at or 260-424-1435 ext. 262.

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The application below is due back by May 31