Connecticut Students Gain Practical Experience Through Work Education

Friday, September 23, 2011

So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

While many of us are still asking that question, the four cooperative work education programs at Granby Memorial High School actually try to do something about it by assisting students to prepare for post-secondary education and/or entry into the workforce.

During a presentation to the board of education Wednesday evening, Greg O?Neil, a business teacher at the high school who also oversees the state-certified programs, outlined four options that are available to students:

1. School-to-Career is a half-credit classroom/half-credit paid workforce program for juniors and seniors interested in learning by the application of their skills in the workplace.

2. Internships are half-credit, college preparatory/academic programs that allow students to investigate different career opportunities by working, albeit unpaid, for a business in the community after school, on weekends and during summer break. GMHS students have secured internships in the community at The Drummer, the Valley Brook Community Church, Granby Camera Club, the Granby school system, Mary?s Kitty Corner and Indigo Images.

3. Mentoring is a ? credit program where volunteers from organizations serve as mentors who spend an hour a week with a student at a work site. Mentors have included the town garage, the YMCA, the Granby technology department, daycare, the Granby schools facilities department and peer mentoring.

4. National Job Shadow Day involves students going out into the community for a day to follow someone who has a career they are interested in pursuing. Students are required to prepare a resume and research the career of their choice.

O?Neil said that the program continues to grow and that goal is to have every high school student take part in the Cooperative Work Education Program.

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