Industry Day
BTES and TVA sponsor Industry Day for 70 teachers
Posted on 03/26/2019
Seventy teachers visit local industriesMore than 70 teachers from Bristol Tennessee City Schools were paired with 21 local industries on Monday, March 25, to learn the educational requirements for job positions in our community.

The all-day event began with a breakfast where Bristol Tennessee Essential Services’ (BTES) CEO Dr. Mike Browder welcomed attendees.

“Teacher Industry Day began 23 years ago as a way to promote economic development and career development in our community,” Browder said. “Each year, we start the day with a brief program for our participating teachers and industries and then each teacher in attendance is paired with an industry in our community. The teacher spends the day with leaders at that organization – touring their facility, discussing career opportunities and, ultimately, learning what skills are needed to work at that company."

According to Browder, more than 700 teachers have participated in the program over the past 23 years. The goal of the day is for the teachers to take what they learn back to their classrooms and help their students become more prepared to enter the workforce in our area.

“We want to give our students the best education possible and this starts with educators understanding what skills are needed in industries right here in our community," Browder said.

Participating industries included Animal Medical Clinic, Ballad Health, Bristol Metals, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Bristol Tennessee Fire Department, Bristol Tennessee Police Department, Economy Beauty Supply, Food City, Friendship Auto, HSN, J.A. Street & Associates, Master Model Craft, Mattern & Craig Engineers, Microporous, Pulp, Royal Building Products, Seaman Corporation, Sullivan County Public Defender’s Office, The Robinette Company, Tri-City Extrusion, and United Southeast Federal Credit Union.

BTES and the Tennessee Valley Authority have sponsored the day since its inception.
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