Show-Me Careers Educator Experience

Show-Me Careers is a career pathway, professional development network and growing statewide for educators, counselors and administrators to learn firsthand about relevant career pathways in today’s business and industry settings. The program provides a unique, hands-on learning experience inside local companies. Through these externship experiences, education professionals gain a more robust understanding of the technical skills, behaviors and mindsets students need to be successful in today’s professional environments. The program extends into the school year with follow up industry meetings and facilitated discussions.
The program was developed in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Business Council in 2018 to expand relevant and timely industry knowledge to education professionals. Since then it has grown with support from the Kauffman Foundation and endorsed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Today the program leverages a broad, diverse stakeholder group of business partners, community organizations and school districts to bring real world learning to education professionals across the state.


Goals and Objectives

The goal of Show-Me Careers is to expose students to good career opportunities by bringing influential middle school and high school educators, counselors and administrators into advanced manufacturing, technology, health care and other targeted industries where shortages can be identified. The initiative assists educators in producing lesson plans that can be presented to students following the program during the subsequent school year. By providing this experience to educators and counselors each year, the programs aims to reach thousands of students annually with new career opportunities that will help narrow the skills gap.

Program Overview

  • Educators, school counselors and administrators will be selected to participate per region, to take part in the summer program in June / July timeframe.
  • The program continues into the academic year with follow up touch points and leveraging the stakeholder network for real world learning experiences for education professionals and students alike.
  • A stipend will be provided to each professional that completes the program, based upon their region and expectations set forth.
  • All materials, meals and travel to the industry partners will be provided to the participants as part of the program.
  • Participant feedback on the overarching program framework, curriculum and overall experience will be sought to help improve future programs.


Expectations & Outcomes

  • Commit to attend the full week of programming during the summer, as well as attend four, 3-hour follow-up cohort connector meetings scheduled during the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Gain an increased awareness of industry trends and occupational pathways in their region.
  • Gain understanding of the variations between entry level, middle-skills and advanced professional jobs in targeted industry sectors.
  • Take part in an interactive peer-to-peer network (cohort) for future collaboration, as well as connections to community resources and industry partners.
  • Develop career pathway materials and larger systems strategies that focus on Real World Learning principals and embrace student centric Client Connected Project concepts.


Please select your region below to learn more and apply.

Kansas City June 13–17, 2022

St. Louis June 20-24, 2022

Cape Girardeau June 27–July 1, 2022

Columbia June 6-10, 2022



The program consists of industry tours, activities, discussions and simulation training to familiarize education professionals with opportunities local employers provide and the academic pathways to achieve these opportunities. Tours range from bio-life science research and production firms to advanced manufacturing operations to health care facilities and beyond. In addition to the tours, participants will also be trained to create lesson plans to bring their experiences to life in the classroom.

The Missouri Chamber Foundation will also work with districts 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 the local community colleges and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Missouri Chamber Foundation will work to track increases in enrollment to two-year colleges, technical schools and pre-employment training programs from the participating school districts.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Missouri Chamber FoundationKauffman FoundationRegional Business CouncilDESE

Our supporting business partners:

BJC Health Care
Koller Enterprises
Missouri American Water
The Boeing Company
World Wide Technology
Millpore Sigma Aldrich
Polytainner, Inc.
St. Lukes Health Care
JE Dunn Construction
Holland 1916
MRI Global
Magna Automotive
Startland KC