July 30, 2012 — Teachers Tune into the Workforce

As reported recently in NJBIZ, for the past several years, South Jersey companies have invested their efforts in elementary, middle school and high school educators to help prepare students for jobs.
 the past several years, South Jersey companies have invested their efforts in elementary, middle school and high school educators to help prepare students for jobs. "The lack of employees with the right skill sets is something that is, in some measure, a product of our school systems," says Rich Rosenblatt, a partner in the labor employment practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP who has been a panelist for the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey's South Jersey Institute for Educators program for 10 years. "Pulling together a variety of teachers from school districts at different grade levels has been a fascinating experience, because we convey to them not what businesses are looking for in terms of who they will hire, but we have the opportunity to put some fingerprint on what they're doing in schools to give them a head start.” Since the institute's launch in the summer of 1992, nearly 500 teachers in seven South Jersey counties have incorporated the lessons they learned from companies in their classrooms, preparing more than 50,000 students for the regional work force. To read a longer version of this article, visit http://njbiz.com/article/20120720/NJBIZ01/120729987/0/SEARCH.