Summer school is now in session, but this time it’s for the teachers.

A dozen local educators have spent the past week visiting local manufacturing companies, touring plants and getting a feel for the state of today’s manufacturing industry, all in an effort to better prepare their students for careers in the manufacturing world.

They are part of an externship program for Bartholomew County educators who teach in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — that’s now in its second year.

Thanks to a specialized grant designed to meet the needs of statewide employers, the local educators had the opportunity to see more of Columbus’ manufacturing industry than they ever had before.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.