The following post was written by Michele Engdahl, director of Government Affairs, Thomson Reuters.

While students around the country were preparing to head back to school last week, Thomson Reuters Eagan campus hosted 110 teachers from Como Park High School in St. Paul to help them learn what modern businesses look for in its employees. This marks the third year that Thomson Reuters has hosted the entire teaching staff from a local high school. We believe that it’s critical for teachers to see and understand the types of workplaces their current students may work in someday.

We love to host these teachers as they get ready to prepare their students for college and careers. I especially admire the creativity and commitment from the administration to use a half a day during the workshop period to go on a field trip of sorts to a large technology employer.

Over the last few years, I have had teachers come up to me and share that many have spent their entire lives in an education setting – as children, then in college earning an education degree, only to be hired in a school soon after. So it’s great when we can show them a workplace they probably have not seen. And since teachers have such an influence on students, they should know how to respond when a student asks, “How do I become a software engineer?”

“Our sessions, led by senior staff of Thomson Reuters, were informative and connected the work of high school educators to 21st century expectations and desired skills required for a global economy,” Eric Erickson, a social studies teacher at Como Park, said.

Thomson Reuters will continue to find the right ways to connect with teachers and students; our ability to delight our customers depends on hiring top talent.

And to all teachers, have a great year.

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