Building Bridges conference to connect business leaders, educators

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 21, 2012, at 8:39 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Building Bridges, a program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, will offer a conference next month that aims to unite area educators and business leaders.

The conference, called Bridge the Gap, will take place from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at John Bapst Memorial High School.

During the conference, business leaders and educators will work together in small breakout groups based on the subjects that the educators teach in the classroom.

Each group will explore how to best prepare students to enter the workforce. Discussion will revolve around required skills and knowledge for various industries, what students can do to prepare and how teachers can implement such knowledge in the classroom.

“This conference will allow our region’s educators and business leaders to connect on a close and productive level,” Matt McLaughlin, the Chamber’s program coordinator, said.

“They will be able to share knowledge and ideas and discuss how the business and education sectors can collaborate to make a positive impact on the workforce of the Bangor region,” he said.

The goal of Bridge the Gap is for each group to create lesson plans showing how teachers can implement knowledge gained from the conference in the classroom.

Teachers who participate in the conference are eligible for recertification credits.

The $35 registration fee covers admission, refreshments and costs associated with applying for recertification credit. To register, visit BangorRegion.com/BridgeTheGap, email programs@bangorregion.com or call 947-0307.

The Building Bridges program runs from January through May and takes educators on tours of 19 Bangor area businesses and organizations where they can learn about workforce trends and required skills for various industries as well as meet and network with business leaders.

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