Show-Me Careers Educator Experience coming to St. Louis
On June 11-15, St. Louis employers will open their doors to 24 educators and student counselors in St. Louis school districts for a unique, hands-on learning opportunity that will provide them with a more robust understanding of the abilities, behaviors and mindsets that students will need to thrive in today’s professional environments.
The Show-Me Careers Educator Experience was developed to expose St. Louis-area students to good career opportunities by bringing influential middle school and high school educators and counselors into advanced manufacturing, technology, health care and other targeted job sites where shortages can be identified. This will mark the first five-day career professional development boot camp offered by the Missouri Chamber Foundation. The program consists of tours and training to familiarize educators with opportunities local employers provide and the academic pathways to achieve these opportunities.
Employers participating this year are BJC Health Care, Spire, Missouri American Water, Pfizer, Koller Enterprises, The Boeing Company and World Wide Technology. The program is conducted by the Missouri Chamber Foundation in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Business Council and STEMpact St. Louis.
“The RBC is pleased to partner with the Missouri Chamber Foundation on this program to address the urgent skills gap in our region, as we believe increasing the pipeline of technically skilled workers is a critical issue for the growth of our economy,” said Kathy Osborn, President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Business Council. “By providing educators and counselors with a better understanding of these careers, of the shortages that exist, and of the skills necessary for students to qualify for them, Show-Me Careers will help shrink the skills gap and provide promising pathways for hundreds of individuals looking for employment.”
Through the Show-Me Careers Educator Experience, the Missouri Chamber Foundation aims to reach more than 5,000 students annually with new career opportunities, especially in urban St. Louis school districts. Preparing the workforce is one of the four drivers of the Missouri Chamber’s strategic plan Missouri 2030. Gallup research for Missouri 2030 revealed only 44 percent of Missouri business owners are satisfied with the state’s availability of skilled workers. This program is one of many the Missouri Chamber Foundation offers to help narrow that workforce gap.
“We are thrilled to launch this new program. It is more important than ever that today’s students gain awareness of the wide range of modern careers available to them and the skills required to succeed in those fields,” said Dan Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “When we take educators behind the scenes of these workplaces, it gives them the interactive, firsthand experiences they need to bring those career opportunities to life in their classrooms.”