Career Connected Learning
March 19, 2024

Bridging Education and Industry

Take Your Classroom to the Next Level: Apply Now for the Teacher Externship Program!

The purpose of the Teacher Externship Program is to bring career-based classroom curricula to life, while building a bridge between skill-based and knowledge-based education. Through this unique professional development opportunity, middle and high school teachers from the Resource Training & Solutions region will be selected to work side-by-side with an industry peer during a 3 to 5 day paid summer externship at a participating central Minnesota business.

"I really enjoyed my time at UMC. This experience was instrumental in me being able to create a meaningful and more applicable unit for my Engineering 2 class. "

- 2023 Teacher Extern Corey

Benefits to Teachers:

  • Gain first-hand knowledge of how classroom content and learning strategies are applied in the workplace.
  • Receive professional development support to create lesson plans linking externship learning to student academic and career planning.
  • Enhance classroom curriculum with real-world career connections.
  • Earn optional graduate credits through College of St. Scholastica.

To apply for the summer Teacher Externship program, fill out this interest form today!

For more information, contact Alison Orgaard, CTE Manager, at or visit the Teacher Externship page on our website.