Southeast Iowa teachers tour Keokuk County workplaces

Dustin Glandon and Marc Bretz of the Iowa Shrimp Farm discuss the living conditions shrimp require with southeast Iowa educators during an Educators in the Workplace event on Tuesday, June 27. 

            K-12 educators from across southeast Iowa schools took several days off their summer vacations to take part in “Educators in the Workplace”, a collaborative effort between Indian Hills Community College, economic developers and local businesses, including two in Keokuk County on Tuesday, June 27.

            Approximately thirty teachers began their trip in Keokuk County at the Pioneer Plant in Hedrick, where they observed different positions that are available in the workplace. Among the educators was Matt Schenck, a 6th grade social studies teacher and high school coach from Fairfield. Schenck has participated in the Educators in the Workplace program the past three years, taking back what he learned on each tour back into his classroom and the field.

            “The Pioneer plant was very interesting,” Schenck said. “I did not grow up on a farm, so seeing this kind of stuff was interesting, but it was amazing to hear about the background people in the factory came from. Some of them were just high school graduates, some had bachelors, while others had Masters. It just shows you that all levels of education have opportunities out there.”

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