The Orchard Foundation administers several programs associated with its Career and Postsecondary Readiness strategies. Many of those programs are funded by The Rapides Foundation through its Education Initiative.
One of the more popular programs geared towards Cenla educators is the Workplace Experience Exchange (WEE) Camp. The Orchard Foundation implements the WEE Camp for educators to learn about trends, skill requirements and opportunities in industries within the region, and how externships can work for educators and students.
Through WEE Camp, teachers have the ability to connect theory with practice and bring an understanding of workplace practices and policies into the classroom, increasing the relevance of student learning. The experience also gives teachers insight about programs offered at the postsecondary level and how it correlates to local businesses and industries.
The 2021 program will be offered virtually due to COVID restrictions. Virtual WEE Camp I is for first-time participants. It is a 5-day program for educators to meet local businesses to learn about skills requirements for jobs and find out about available resources for educators. The goal is that WEE Camp will serve as a foundation from which to develop a full externship program partnering educators and business.
The 2021 Virtual WEE Camp I will be held June 7-11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day.
If you are a teacher interested in attending, please contact your school district's CTE Supervisor. Any business interested in becoming a partner for WEE Camp should contact The Orchard Foundation at 318-767-6560 or 1-800-804-8454.
The Workplace Experience Exchange Camp is funded by The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative as part of its Career and Postsecondary Readiness strategies.