EUGENE, Ore. -- Teachers have been preparing all summer for a wave of fresh faces and fresh minds to flood into their classrooms.
And even though class was not in session, some teachers took an extra step this summer to keep on learning with externships.
Stacey Tuers is a teacher at Thurston and last week, she and other teachers who completed externships graduated from those programs in an event held at Ninkasi.
This summer, Tuers completed an externship at Seneca and she says the experience she gained there was invaluable.
She says with the knowledge she gained this summer, she is trying to start a forestry CTE program at Thurston.
"The end result is to get jobs," said Tuers. "The industry needs jobs, the kids need a focus and a direction and my job is to find out what the industry is lacking in their work force and to try to feed those students who are into it, who (are) interested, and make sure they have some of the initial skills to get their foot in the door."
Tuers says she would be very interested in pursuing another externship because any extra skills she can bring back to the classroom are beneficial to the students who she says this is all for.
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