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Round Rock Chamber Receives Partner of the Year Award from RRISD

Recognized as 2016 Rock Star by Career & Technical Education Department

The Round Rock Chamber announced today that it has been named the 2016 Partner of the Year for the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) Career & Technical Education Department (CTE). CTE uses state-of-the-art equipment, integrated instruction, hands-on learning, and business partnerships to create a unique and empowering learning environment. The CTE program is designed to inspire students to become passionate about their career pathway of choice.

“The Round Rock Chamber has been an invaluable partner to the CTE Department. They serve as a vital link between our schools and local business partners. The chamber has excelled in their efforts as our partner in organizing summer externships for staff over the last two summers,” said Sheri Bonds, RRISD CTE Director.

The Educator Externship Program provides teachers, counselors, and administrators a chance to shadow business personnel. The educators gain insights they can integrate into their teaching plans, which better prepares RRISD students for future careers. Educators spend quality time with business partners to learn the latest trends and get a refresh on real-world business applications. With this knowledge, the teachers are better equipped to pass their observations onto their students. In 2015, the first year of the program’s existence, there were six teachers that participated. Year two will see over forty participants. The educators have been placed with local businesses by matching their area of interest with available businesses partners.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award from RRISD. The chamber and the district have partnered to create a number of programs that bring the business community, educators, and students together, including the Educator Externship Program, all of which are a key part of our talent development strategy,” said Monica Maher, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement.

Last July, the chamber released a multi-year talent development strategy for ensuring a trained and available workforce for Round Rock businesses. Named WROC (Workforce Realization Occurring Cooperatively), it includes a set of eleven recommendations designed to systematically address our community’s talent needs. The RRISD CTE department was a key participant in the development of the WROC strategy. Click here to read the entire WROC white paper. For more on the externship program, watch this video.

About the Round Rock Chamber

The Round Rock Chamber is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Central Texas. Its approximately 1,000 investors collectively employ more than 25,000 people in the area. It is also the region’s only accredited chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.roundrockchamber.org.