[NOTE: Due to COVID-19 related issues, the summer 2020 - 2021 programs were canceled. The intent is to resume the program in summer 2022.]
The Rock Externship Program is a collaborative, career preparation and readiness offering supported by area employers, Blackhawk Technical College and Rock County 5.0 to provide direct industry sector and career cluster exposure for high school teachers from any of the school districts throughout Rock County. While primarily targeted at Career & Technical Education, STEM, counseling and/or guidance staff, these externships will also be open to other high school personnel that have the ability to influence a student’s Academic & Career Plan (ACP).
Through the Rock Externship Program, high school staff will have the ability to immerse themselves in business environments and shadow specific occupations and/or disciplines for one week during the summer. The information and experiences gleaned from this focused engagement will then be incorporated into staff lesson plans and related curricula delivery models during the academic year.
Externship placements will be determined through an application and business worksite match-making process. Educators participating in the program will receive a cash stipend - provided for by non-district funding - funneled through their district in the amount of $500 for successfully completing the program's requirements. These requirements include: full participation in the externship week (i.e. June 15 - June 19, 2020; four hours per day), with specific hours TBD; and submitting documentation noting how the information and experiences gained through the externship will be incorporated into lesson planning and related curriculum delivery applications.
Overall, the goals of the Rock Externship Program include the following:
- Increase awareness of and exposure to local businesses, specifically as it concerns Academic & Career Planning activities (i.e. Inspire Rock County).
- Form, build and/or strengthen relationships to generate new or enhanced career-based learning experiences.
- Facilitate stakeholder information exchanges and curriculum development / delivery ideas, particularly as it concerns career pathway programming.
- Cultivate and augment local talent development pipeline activities, particularly those aligned with Blackhawk Technical College.
A preliminary list of organizations serving at externship worksite locations for the summer 2020 program are highlighted below.
For additional program details, please check back periodically and/or contact the Externship Coordination Team (Blackhawk Technical College's Career Services & Leadership Development Office) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-757-7603.