Show-Me Careers Educator Experience

Show-Me Careers is a five-day career professional development boot camp for educators/counselors/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 employers. Through these 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 is conducted in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Business Council and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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 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 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.

2020 Program: June 1-5, 2020 — St. Louis

  • Up to 40 educators, school counselors and administrators will be selected
  • A stipend of $400 will be provided to each professional that completes the program
  • All materials, meals and travel to the industry partners will be provided to the participants as part of the program
  • Partner school districts agree to participate by Dec 15, 2019. Individual applications are due by February 15, 2020.
  • Participant feedback on the overarching program framework, curriculum and overall experience will be sought to help improve future programs.

Education professionals: To apply for the Show-Me Careers Educator Experience, click here.

Download the 2020 program flyer here.

Expectations & Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Commit to attend the full week of programming June 1-5, 2020, as well as attend four, 3-hour follow-up cohort connector meetings scheduled during the 2020-21 school year.
  • Gain an increased awareness of industry trends and occupational pathways in the St. Louis region.
  • Gain understanding of the variations between entry level, middle-skills and advanced professional jobs in targeted industry sectors.
  • Develop an interactive peer-to-peer network for future collaboration, as well as connections to community resources and industry partners.
  • Develop lesson plans and career pathway materials and larger systems strategies during the course of the week-long program that they can utilize in their classrooms and counseling offices and at the administration levels.


The program consists of industry tours, activities, discussions and training to familiarize education professionals 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. An overview of last year’s agenda can be found here.

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 the local St. Louis community colleges, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Missouri Department of Higher 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.

2020 Program Regional Expansion Planned

Show Me Careers will be working with the following communities to expand the program in the Spring/Summer of 2020. We are onboarding community partners, business hosts and program sponsors in the following areas now. Please contact Brian Crouse for more information at or 573.634.3511.

  • Kansas City
  • Columbia
  • Cape Girardeau
  • St. Joseph

Upcoming Catalyst Connections: Year 2 (2019) Cohort

Click here for full PDF schedule

Thursday, Sept. 26
World Wide Technology – Tech Campus
60 Weldon Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63043 – MAP

Thursday, Oct. 24
North Tech High School
1700 Derhake Road
Florissant, MO 63033 – MAP

Thursday, Jan. 23
Millipore — Aldrich Corporation
2909 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103 – MAP

Thursday, Feb. 27
Regional Business Council — St. Louis
7701 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105 – MAP

Download the full schedule PDF here.


Thank you to our generous sponsors


Our supporting business partners

BJC Health Care
Koller Enterprises
Missouri American Water
The Boeing Company
World Wide Technology
Millpore Sigma Aldrich


Community Collaborators

Cortex Innovation District
Danforth Plant Life Science Center
Ranken Technical College
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
National Alliance for Partnership In Equity (NAPE)
St. Louis CC — Workforce Solutions Group
St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce
St. Louis Science Center Taylor Center
St. Louis Carpenters Apprenticeship Program
Missouri Department of Higher Education
STL STEM Ecosystem


School Partners

Affton School District
St. Louis Public Schools
Francis Howell School District
Jennings School District
Normandy School District
St. Charles CAPS PRogram
Parkway School District
Ritenour School District
Ladue School District
University City School District
Webster Groves School District