SJ Summer Institute for Educators

The 2018 South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators will run
 from July 9 – July 27, 2018.

Please check back on January 2, 2018 to apply for the 2018 program.

CCSNJ’s South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators is a unique approach to addressing the readiness of the future workforce. The Institute gets to the heart of the issue by exposing area teachers to the South Jersey economy, the skills, traits and characteristics businesses look for when hiring employees. For more than 20 years, this three-week intensive program has graduated nearly 500 area teachers. These teachers incorporate the lessons learned at the Institute into their teachings and reach more than 50,000 students – our future workforce.

The goal of the Institute is to provide a meaningful forum between business and education by:
  • Familiarizing participants with key economic, business and policy issues that impact industry and society, particularly in Southern New Jersey.
  • Exposing participants to real-world challenges faced by business to provide a better understanding of the skills and characteristics their students will need to be successful in the workplace.
Involving participants in team projects that will modify and/or develop creative activities for use in the classroom. Tours, panel discussions, speakers, activities and in-depth discussions with experts make up this unique program that explores key economic concepts and business issues related to workplace readiness. Educators are challenged to incorporate these issues into the classroom. Each participant will earn 100 hours of professional development credits and receive a stipend of $1,000, along with all materials and transportation to and from tours.

The Institute is consistent with New Jersey’s Workplace Readiness Standards of the Core Curriculum Standards by enabling educators to better prepare all students for employment. The Program accomplishes this in three ways:
  • By exposing teachers to the skills and characteristics that South Jersey businesses are looking for in their future workforce;
  • By providing teachers the opportunity to see first-hand the application of what they teach in a real work environment; and
  • By providing teachers invaluable exposure to more than 100 South Jersey business people and government officials.

The Institute is a registered Professional Development Provider of credits. 100 hours of professional development credits can be satisfied in this three-week course.

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Summer Institute in the News

South Jersey Chamber Connects Education with Business
February 9, 2016 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


Applicants must teach grades 4 through 12. Attendance of the entire three week course; completion of team projects, including developing creative learning activities for the classroom based on course content. This program consists of daily tours and site visits, which entail a great deal of walking and standing. Please take these physical demands into consideration when you apply.

Please check back on January 2, 2018 to apply for the 2018 program.


Selection will be conducted by the Summer Institute Selection Committee, with criteria focusing on:
  • Demonstrated leadership and involvement in education
  • Qualifications and level of interest in course content
  • Ability and willingness to assist as a resource person for course follow-up

A diverse mix of educators will be selected.

View 2017 Agenda
View Educator Testimonials

2017 Sponsors

Campbell Soup Company
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Coperion K-Tron Pitman, Inc.
Destination Maternity Corporation
Fulton Bank of New Jersey
Greater Trenton
L-3 Technologies
Lockheed Martin MS2
Logan Generating Plant
Mannington Mills, Inc.
McLane New Jersey
Mexichem Specialty Resins, Inc.
New Jersey American Water
Paulsboro Refining Company, LLC
PNC Bank
PSEG Nuclear, LLC
Rowan University
Solvay Solexis
South Jersey Gas
Subaru of America, Inc.
Wells Fargo, N.A.
Wells Fargo Foundation

Videos from the 2017 South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators


Videos from the 2016 South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators