Workforce Solutions Sponsors Teacher Externship
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas has been awarded a $40,565 grant
from Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to host a Teacher Externship
program during the summer of 2019.
The grant is part of the $1.4 million Statewide Activity funds to
help workforce development boards create a competitive workforce
and strengthen the connection between education and industry
through hands-on experiences for teachers. During the Externship,
25 (twenty five) middle and high school teachers and counselors
from three local school districts, Beaumont, West Orange Cove
Consolidated, and Port Arthur, will spend a week in local
petrochemical refineries to experience various industry-related
The selected educators will experience the day-to-day, real
world manufacturing environment, shadowing employees working in
roles closely associated to the subjects they teach.
The partnering industrial sites include members of Industry
of Southeast Texas (ISET), a non-profit organization of chemical
and refining plants. The educators will then create and present
lesson plans designed to transfer the knowledge and skill-set
experiences in the refinery to students. During their time
at the host-company, educators will receive a human resources
overview from the refinery staff and participate in facility tours.
We would like to thank our partners, ISET host-companies,
school districts, and Region 5 Education Service Center,
for their collaboration in developing and implementing the
Teacher Externship. Our partners will contribute $37,000
(47.7 percent) in leveraged funds to match grant funding; 53.3
percent of the cost of this program will be funded by federal money.
For more information regarding the Teacher Externship, please
contact Lauren Van Gerven at (409) 719.4756 or email,