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SPIE’s Educators in Industry program is bridging the gap between classroom learning and emerging industry needs. This program places K-12 educators directly within local businesses, offering a unique opportunity to stay up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and practices in the professional world.

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Program Overview​

Educators in Industry is a program designed to bridge the gap between the education sector and local industry, creating a mutually beneficial partnership that fosters innovation and enhances the quality of career-focused education. This transformative initiative places K-12th grade educators directly within local businesses, offering them a unique opportunity to stay updated on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in the professional world.

Educators in Industry is not just a career-connected learning opportunity; it’s a catalyst for educational innovation, workforce development, and community collaboration. By fostering a symbiotic relationship between educators and local businesses, we aim to help Stanislaus County students prepare not just for jobs, but for thriving high-quality careers.

Placement may occur in an area of interest of the Educator's choice including but not limited to: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Hospitality, Food Service, Transportation, Non-Profit Sector, Local Government, Accounting/Finance, Arts, Media, and Technology!

Why become an
Educator in Industry?

1. Exposure to Cutting-Edge Trends:
2. Adaptation of Teaching Methods:
3. Building Professional Connections:
4. Skill Development:
5. Preparing Students for Local Jobs:

Program Outline & Requirements:

Who Can Apply:
Stanislaus County Educators from SPIE’s partnering school districts

Qualifying Grades

Application Cycle
Ongoing, July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025, or until funding is depleted

Time requirement
16 hours minimum, not to exceed 40 hours

Compensation rate

  • Educator may apply for this program throughout the fiscal year (July – June).
  • Educator will participate in a brief phone interview with SPIE’s Programs Manager.
  • Educator will be matched with a business based on their subject expertise and interests.
  • Educator will attend online orientation with business host via Zoom.
  • Work-based Learning experience will take place at a mutually agreed upon time (between the business host and educator) between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.
  • Educator will spend a pre-determined amount of time at the host business immersed in the company culture and operations.
  • Educator will be responsible for keeping track of hours worked and submitting a timesheet to SPIE signed by the business host.
  • Educator will be responsible for submitting to SPIE an online Summary Report, 5 photos, signed timesheet, and a Career Education Lesson Plan within two weeks of completing their work-based learning experience.
  • Educator will be paid at a rate of $45.00 per hour – not to exceed 40 hours per fiscal year.
I want to encourage all teachers to try the SPIE program. It will change the way they encourage their students to start considering careers.
Annette Steele
Keyes Unified School District


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