Show-Me Careers Educator Experience

Show-Me Careers is a five-day career professional development boot camp for educators/counselors in St. Louis school districts. The program provides a unique, hands-on learning experience inside local employers. Through these experiences, educators gain a more robust understanding of the technical skills, behaviors and mindsets students need to be successful in today’s professional environments.

The program is conducted in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Business Council, STEMpact and the Missouri Chamber Foundation.

Goals and objectives:

The objective of Show-Me Careers is 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. The initiative assists educators in producing lesson plans that can be presented to students following the tour. By providing this experience to educators and counselors each year, the Missouri Chamber Foundation aims to reach more than 5,000 students annually with new career opportunities that will help narrow the skills gap, especially in urban St. Louis school districts.


The program consists of tours and training to familiarize educators with opportunities local employers provide and the academic pathways to achieve these opportunities. Tours range from bio-tech manufacturing firms to advanced manufacturing operations to health care facilities. In addition to the tours, educators will also be trained to create lesson plans to bring their experiences to life in the classroom.

A $375 stipend will be provided for the educators/counselors who participate in the program. The Missouri Chamber Foundation will also work toward qualifying this experience for continuing learning credits. The Missouri Chamber Foundation’s pre- and post-program surveys will measure the effectiveness of the program. Utilizing its strong partnership with local St. Louis community colleges, the Missouri Chamber Foundation will also work to track increases in enrollment from targeted school districts.

Educators: to apply for the Show-Me Careers Educator Experience, click here.

Upcoming Catalyst Connections

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Sept. 20, 2018
Danforth Plant Life Science Center
975 N. Warson Rd.
St. Louis MO 63132 – MAP

Nov. 15, 2018
Ranken Technical College
4431 Finney Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63113 – MAP

Jan. 24, 2019
Regional Business Council – St. Louis
7701 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105 – MAP

March 21, 2019
Cortex Innovation Community – The District
4320 Forest Park Ave. Suite 201
St. Louis, MO 63108 – MAP

Download the full schedule PDF here.


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