RRISD & Round Rock Chamber Partner to Launch Teacher Externship Program

Educators to gain insights into private-sector enterprises

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) and the Round Rock Chamber today launched a district-wide externship program that is designed to provide educators with an opportunity to spend quality time within a business or organization whose work relates directly to their subject area. The goal is for educators to gain a better understanding of how these entities run their day-to-day operations and integrate these learnings into their teaching; thus better preparing their students for future careers. 

“We are excited to partner with the chamber and local businesses on this project,” said Sheri Bonds, the district’s director of career & technical education. “This opportunity will offer our staff unique experiences within our own community that will in turn have a direct impact in our classrooms. This will enrich lessons as well as open new doors for collaboration between our students and our partners.” 

Beginning today, both educators and businesses will be able to apply to participate in the externship program. Interested secondary teachers, counselors, and administrators will apply through the district’s website, while business and organizations will complete a short application form through the chamber’s website. The application period will run through Friday, May 15. Educators will be paired with companies that have operations that align with the appropriate subject matter. 

The externships will occur in one-week intervals during the school district’s summer break. Educators will “shadow” representatives of the company as they undertake their normal work duties based on appropriate regulations, internal parameters, and educator comfort. The educators will receive a reasonable stipend for their time and are expected to submit a brief report on their learnings and their thoughts for integrating these insights into their lesson plans. 

“This program will build a cohesive connection between the classroom and the workplace and ensure that RRISD graduates are prepared to compete on a global scale,” said Mike Odom, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We must have components such as these as we continue to develop a dynamic and intimately coordinated workforce development strategy.” 

Businesses and organizations interested in participating in the RRISD externship program can find more information and apply here

RRISD secondary teachers, counselors and administrators that are interested in applying for this program, may do so by clicking here

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