Lauren Wood, a chemistry teacher at Randolph Community College’s Early College High School, recently joined Asheboro-based Randolph EMC for a week as a participant of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce’s Teacher Intern program.
Through this opportunity, educators from different local school systems are paired with local businesses in a variety of industries to learn about what type of employable skills are needed from students when entering the work force. Each educator is matched with a business for one week to learn the inner workings of the company, learn skills their students will need to acquire and finally create a lesson plan that incorporates those skills.
Lauren started her week at the co-op by touring the facilities and meeting with members of the application, energy and safety departments. She spent the next several days learning about the process of detecting and restoring outages in the dispatch center and also joining crews in the field. She completed her week by meeting with CEO Dale Lambert and learning about the general retirements process of returning allocated funds back to the membership.
“REMC was extremely happy to participate in this program and spread the knowledge of our industry and required skills with a local educator,” said Randolph EMC Director of Member & Public Relations Jill Vanness. “Mrs. Wood was the highlight of the week and was incredibly inquisitive. She learned a lot about the role each department plays in the overall success of the cooperative, and we can’t wait for her to share her experience with students.”