Chandler Smith, Chief Academic Officer of Central Community Schools, announced at the Central Chamber’s September member meeting that the high school is seeking business partners to coordinate internship opportunities for Central high school seniors.
Twenty-five seniors have enrolled in a new program at Central High School that would allow them to gain 180 hours of real-world experience to complement their coursework and prepare them for their career paths past high school graduation.
“Students will get to see if the career path they are committing to is something they really want to do,” said Smith. “It’s especially important for our students who will pursue two-year programs after graduation. They are ready to get that experience.”
Businesses that partner with the schools will make a one-year commitment. Students will interview for the position and the business can accept or deny any applicant. Students will be available to complete their internship hours in the afternoons or on weekends.
So far six students have been placed in internships with many more still looking. Particularly students have expressed interest in pharmacy, dental, automotive, IT, construction and culinary positions.
Paid internships are preferred but businesses may offer unpaid internships as well. Each of the students enrolled in the internship program at the high school has a valid driver’s license.
For more information or to participate call 225-261-3438 to speak to Tricia Merrick or Lindsey LeBlanc.
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