Foundation Update | June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022


Blog |Teachers as the linchpin for equitable hiring

We’ve all had a special teacher, or teachers, we can fondly look back at our time in their classroom and say, “my life is better because of them.” When developing our Teacher Externship Program four years ago, we put the teacher-student relationship at the core of our process because we know Maryland educators are more than just teachers, they are mentors, positive influences and trusted advisors.

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Maryland teachers partner with local businesses to create career pathways

The Maryland Chamber Foundation has launched its 2022 Teacher Externship Program, a unique opportunity for Maryland public high school teachers to be paired with local businesses with the goal of gaining valuable technical and career pipeline knowledge essential to help transition their students into the workforce. Beginning in July, the program will provide 23 educators with a four-week business experience at one of 12 host companies. The paid externship builds a bridge between businesses and educators and comes at a time when many businesses are struggling to find skilled candidates to fill their open job opportunities.

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Meet the teachers

In July, these Maryland educators will embark on their 4-week externship to gain new insight, industry knowledge and connections they can pass along to their students.

MEET THE TEACHERS


Baltimore county 8th grader wins National Civics Bee

On Saturday, May 7th, the Maryland Chamber Foundation, in partnership with The Civic Trust, hosted the first ever National Civics Bee Maryland at Bowie State University! We were proud to be part of this live event and to reignite the importance of civics education for our young people.

Meet our 10 student finalists, who came from all across our state and brought their A-game to the competition:

 

Congratulations to our winner, Michael A., an eighth grader from Franklin Middle School in Baltimore County, who walked away with the first-place prize: a trophy, a check for $1,000 and a new laptop. Thank you to our three judges, Delegate Anne Kaiser, Deborah Phelps and Clarence Crawford for your expertise and insightful participation.

View photos from the event here:

EVENT PHOTOS


Webinar | The forces shaping the future of work 

In the wake of COVID-19, the Great Resignation, social justice issues, and rising inflation, workplaces are having to fundamentally shift how they operate — from greater flexibility and financial wellness to health equity and social connectedness. In this webinar, we’ll explore how employers are responding to these changes and how you can adopt a greater holistic definition of wellness to meet employee needs. This webinar is free to attend.

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Questions? Contact us at mdchamber@mdchamber.org or (410) 269-0642.

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