Poudre School District Recognizes Fort Collins Area Chamber for Partnership in Teacher Externship Program

On May 10, 2022, the Poudre School District (PSD) commended the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce for leading the charge in workforce development and exploring creative ways of working with the community and business partners to support students and staff in the district.

The Chamber helped revive the district’s Teacher Externship Program after a two-year hiatus. This program “gives high school and middle school teachers and administrators opportunities to work with local businesses to gain additional expertise in their content area.”

The District shared the following comments about the Chamber in the presentation, “This is a summer program that pays PSD educators to work 40-hours in a business related to their content area and bring their knowledge back to their program or classroom. Yvonne Myers in particular has helped engage sector and business partners to either fund or provide educator externships for this summer, enabling this program to be self-funded and resilient for years to come.”

Myers joined the Chamber team in January to help drive community-wide/regional strategic initiatives developed through Northern Colorado Prospers 2.0, a catalytic initiative for regional economic growth. She focuses much of her time implementing a variety of strategies to support employers in attracting and retaining the talent they need; and ensure a competitive advantage for area employers through quality workers and for workers through quality jobs.

The Chamber will continue to implement a variety of strategies to support employers in attracting and retaining the talent they need to ensure a competitive advantage for area employers through quality workers and for workers through quality jobs.

“We have been a Champion for this talent work since 2017,” said Ann Hutchison, Chamber President & CEO. “Yvonne has created and curated amazing partnerships and resources that can help the entire community succeed.”

 

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