Teachers are interested in touring industry partners’ facilities to keep up-to-date on tools, equipment and techniques. By showing your operations to teachers, they can help students make a connection between what they are learning and how it might be applied at local businesses. For example, a Jonathan Schwartz of Colfax High School visited Sierra Woods Inc. in Nevada City. Scott Seacrist at Lincoln High School visited Harris & Bruno in Roseville, AB Tools in Lincoln, Schilling Robotics in Davis, Selway Machine Tool Company in Union City and Titan Engineering in Auburn.
Sierra STEM Collaborative is also looking for opportunities for instructors to do a job shadow or externship at local businesses that can range from half a day to a few weeks. Teachers agree that these experiences enrich their teaching:
“Teachers need to change along with industry. I realized that maintenance techs now focus more on mechanical problems rather than electronics alone.”
“I wanted to learn more about CNC manufacturing, and see if what I am teaching is connected to industry or if I should change my curriculum. I gained great insight into today’s standards in industry.”
“The visit made me realize how important it is for a CNC operator to understand how to run a manual machine. Students must understand math and use it to set up and run their machines.”
Titan Engineering in Auburn, CA provides a tour to instructors.