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Rockford teachers do the learning as they tour local businesses

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For high school or college graduates, getting the right job could come down to the right education. Some Rockford teachers feel a little more prepared to offer that education after today.

In the Rockford area, there are companies expanding and offering more positions, but some jobs are high-skill and high-labor. So, teachers got to tour some of those companies and see what it takes to work there.

"My dad is an insurance salesman, so I'm used to the business aspect of the world, I'm not used to seeing laborers and other trades so it's been really cool to see how complex and really the skills that they bring." -says Jefferson High School Social Studies Teacher Michelle Anderson.

District #205 educators check out places like Woodward Technologies and Larson & Darby Group. Jefferson Math Teacher Abigail Garcia is surprised to see her subject a part of so many skills.

"It's not necessarily what 'X' is or why you have to solve it, but the problem-solving skills are very important." -she says.

Companies like Woodward offer incentives to potential employees like paying for them to go back to school. Anderson thinks those opportunities could really speak to her students.

"If companies are willing to do programs like this, I think it really helps them see the goal and see that they can make more of themselves." -she explains.

More than 50 area businesses offered tours to roughly 100 teachers.

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