DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee Inc. held its weeklong Teacher Externship (June 19-22)
More than 50 DENSO associates and 13 teachers from area schools participated in the four-day Teacher Externship held at DENSO Manufacturing Athens Inc. during the week of June 19-22.
Teachers from across the region were invited to participate. DENSO provided the teachers with an opportunity to engage in activities that demonstrated how classroom content and learning strategies are applied in the workplace.
With the increased national focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), it is necessary that teachers have experience and knowledge of manufacturing to help those students in the classroom.
DENSO wants to share experiences and understanding of how 21st century skills and engineering processes are being utilized in the manufacturing workforce, a spokesman said.
Sherri Ingle, supervisor of Learning and Development at DENSO, said, “It was an honor to host the teachers for a week. I really enjoyed planning the week and interacting with the teachers. We want everyone to understand that we are committed to helping our future workforce with hands on learning as well as classroom visits. I am really excited about the relationships between the schools and discussions had during the week.”
Renner, supervisor of Talent Acquisitions, said, “This is only a small glimpse of what we do and our commitment to our community. We want to see the community grow, with highly skilled talent who will be a part of our future workforce.”
Teachers included Ocoee Middle School’s Ricky Henry, Brandi Haynie and Logan Hamsley; Cleveland High School’s Erin Hattabaugh; Bradley Central High’s Kerri Formont; Walker Valley High’s Rebekah Ball; Hopewell Elementary School’s Jenne Wilson; Englewood Elementary’s Tonya Lee, Karen Baker and Emily Armstong; McMinn County High’s Allen Gentry and Isreal Essex; TCAT — Athens’ Melinda Parker; and Frank Norton from Eastern Michigan University.
Wilson, a guidance counselor at Hopewell Elementary School, said, “The teacher externship is a quality program at DENSO. The methods of operation were most impressive. DENSO really has it going on.”
“I was thrilled to spend time at DENSO with our teacher externship. I had no idea how many jobs were available in manufacturing. This was an eye opening experience. I can't wait to go back to school and implement 5S and Kaizen. It will benefit my teaching and my students for life! Thank you DENSO for hosting us. It was wonderful,” noted Ball.
Haynie said, “Externing at DENSO was an eye-opening experience, and it will leave a lasting impression on me as an educator! I am in awe of all that DENSO represents, and our community is fortunate for a corporation that invests in all areas with dignity and diligence.”
Hattabaugh noted, “I teach a project based course and I learned so many things that I will be able to use that will enhance their design team approaches, leadership, accountability and presentation.”
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