Educators in the Workplace registration deadline Saturday

Knoxville area teachers interested in learning more about local businesses have until Saturday to apply for this year’s Educators in the Workplace program.

Since 2009 the Knoxville Chamber has sponsored a summer program that connects teachers across the Innovation Valley with local companies.

Teachers can learn first-hand about the skills their students will need when they enter the work force,” said Garrett Wagley, the chamber’s vice president of policy and public relations.

Participating teachers will visit local businesses in June and July. The program is open to educators in Knox County, Blount County, Alcoa City, Maryville City, Lenoir City, Loudon County, Roane County, and Oak Ridge City school systems.

Participating companies include, Capstan, Roane County Medical Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Toho Tenax America, Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, 21st Mortgage Corp., Y-12 National Security Complex, StandardAero, Seco Tools, Covenant Health, Nyrstar, CEMEX, and Gerdau Ameristeel.

“As with most things, it’s about relations,” Wagley said. “The biggest benefit for teachers is they get to know the people who are using the skills they’re teaching in the classroom every day.”

Teachers also make contacts with business people willinging to visit clasrooms to speak to students.

Some sessions are filled, but openings are available, Wagley said. Teachers can register by contacting Ahnna A. Estes at the Knoxville Chamber by calling 865-246-2658 or emailing her at

Knoxville Chamber web site

Innovation Valley web site