72 Teachers Complete RRISD, Round Rock Chamber Externship Program

Round Rock ISD secondary teachers, counselors and administrators celebrated the completion of the third summer Externship program on August 9.

The program is the result of the collaboration between the Round Rock ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department and the Round Rock Chamber. RRISD and the Chamber pair businesses and educators based on the teacher’s subject matter. Once the match is established and customized, the company hosts the educator on site for three days. This experience provides teachers the opportunity to gain insight and stay current in their respective fields. At the conclusion of the program, teachers return to their campuses to train their colleagues and integrate new learning into their instruction.

“The benefits of RRISD partnering with local businesses are mutually beneficial,” Director of Career and Technical Education Sheri Bonds said.“”It allows all secondary teachers who participate in the program the opportunity to stay current and graduate students who are ready for today’s workforce.”

The Round Rock Chamber was recognized as an advocate for public schools at the state level by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Stand Up for Texas Public Schools program. The Chamber was celebrated for their efforts to partner with RRISD and enhance CTE education districtwide.

“There is no doubt that the externship program is of value to the business community and educators,” said Amy Mizcles, Round Rock Chamber vice president of community enhancement. The program is an excellent opportunity to build a bridge between the business community and our schools. The real winners, however, are the children and youth. As educators bring their externship experience to the classroom via lesson plans, it is their students who will reap the benefits of the program.”

Round Rock ISD would like to thank the following businesses in Round Rock, Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown and Buda for hosting our educators and for their support of Round Rock ISD:

A+ Federal Credit Union
ACC Round Rock
Balcones Country Club
Baylor Scott & White
BLGY Architecture
City of Round Rock
Community Impact
DHL Analytical
Down Home Ranch
Department of Public Safety
EA Games
EIX Systems
Georgetown Palace
Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, Renewals
Hot Dog Marketing
IBM Design Group
Insys Therapeutics
Junior Achievement
One Voice Communications
Penfold Theater
Round Rock Chamber
Round Rock Express
Round Rock Police Department
Round Rock Serving Center
Senator Charles Schwertner’s Office
Representative Larry Gonzalez’ Office
Southwestern University
St. David’s Hospital
Taylor Housing Authority
Texas A&M Round Rock
Texas Baptist Children’s Home
Texas Heat Training
Texas Museum of Science & Technology
Texas Tribune
Typhoon Texas
University of Texas – Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Dept.
University of Texas – Butler School of Music
Volatile Analysis Corp
Williamson Museum
Zach Scott Theatre