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We're Seeking Mentors for Internships and Job Shadowing

Hello Brighton Community,

My name is Courtney Stern, College and Career Counselor at Brighton High School. Together with Sam Rizzo, Business Teacher/CTE Coordinator, we oversee Brighton High School’s Work Based Learning Programs. These include Job Shadowing, Professional Internships and General Work Experiences. We are finishing our first year working together in this capacity and are hoping to grow the wonderful opportunities available to our students. 

Hands on experiences are the best way to learn more about the career opportunities available to our young adults. And our students are asking for them! When we thought about who our students could learn from, we wanted to first look to the professionals in our own backyard. Below are descriptions of the programs we have available to our students.  If you are interested in possibly hosting a student for a Job Shadow experience or Professional Internship, we encourage you to fill out the survey below.  There is no obligation to host a student shadow or intern currently.  It is merely helping us to create a network of professionals in our community.  If you have paid jobs available for students, please email Courtney Stern directly.

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If you have any questions regarding the programs below, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.  Thank you in advance for considering hosting a student shadow or intern in the future!

Take good care,

Courtney Stern                                     Sam Rizzo

Courtney_stern@bcsd.org                     sam_rizzo@bcsd.org

 

WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS

Courtney Stern, College & Career Counselor                                   Sam Rizzo, CTE Coordinator

We are proud to offer hands-on, career focused experiences for high school students.  Work-Based Learning opportunities provide students with real world experiences to obtain an awareness of interested careers so they can make informed career and post-secondary choices for the future.  It also provides the opportunity to obtain a first-hand understanding and appreciation of the knowledge, skill, occupation outlook and education requirements and necessary for various occupations.

What is the Procedure for Participating in the Work-Based Learning Program?

Students should contact the College & Career Counselor to discuss possible Job Shadow, Professional Internship Experience or General Work Experience opportunities.  The student and College & Career Counselor will work together to identify which program is most appropriate and coordinate placement sites, supervisors, and schedules. 

 

JOB SHADOWING

Job Shadowing is a structured, non-credit bearing program offering students an opportunity to spend time (excused absence if during school day) with an individual engaged in a career in which the student is interested.

  • Students will have the chance to explore a career by observing and talking with someone on the job.
  • Students will learn about the day-to-day activities of the job, the educational background required, possible opportunities, future outlook and related fields.
  • The experience will help in making decisions about future education and careers.
  • STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

*See Mrs. Stern for a Job Shadow application if interested

Grades: 9-12                                                                                                               Credit: NONE

 

GENERAL WORK EXPERIENCE

The General Work Experience program offers students ages 16+ the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical work experience in a paid part-time job.  This is a registered GEWEP New York State Work-Based Learning Program.

  • Credit is earned based on number of hours worked and satisfactory seminar class rating:
    • 150 hours = 0.5 Credit
    • 300 hours = 1.0 Credit
  • Students may earn a maximum of two units of credit for General Work Experience which can used towards graduation requirements while enrolled in high school.
  • Part of the school-to-work connection is General Work Experience Seminar. This class meets during FLEX every week on Cycle Day 5.  The classes provide a forum to discuss on-the-job experiences, career plans, job search skills and strategies for finding and keeping a job.  Attendance to this seminar is mandatory and necessary to earn credit.
  • Students must complete the Program Expectations and Memorandum of Agreement by October 1st (fall semester/full year) or March 1st (spring semester) to remain in the course.
  • STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

*Students must see Mrs. Stern if interested in joining this course

Grades: 11-12 *Must be 16 years or older     Length: half or full year                     Credit: 0.5-2.0

Prerequisite: Must be employed                     Meeting Pattern: 1 out of 6 days

 

PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

The Professional Internship Experience program offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical job/career experience in an unpaid environment.  Students work with a job mentor to learn firsthand about the skills and education requirements necessary for the career in which they have an interest. Students may complete their hours over the summer or doing the school year.  This is a registered CEIP New York State Work-Based Learning Program.

  • Credit is earned based on number of hours completed on-site and satisfactory seminar class rating:
    • 54 hours = 0.5 Credit
    • 108 hours = 1.0 Credit
  • Part of the school-to-work connection is Professional Internship seminar. This class meets during FLEX every week on Cycle Day 3.  The classes provide a forum to discuss on-the-job experiences, career plans, job search skills and strategies for finding and keeping a job. Attendance to this seminar is mandatory and necessary to earn credit.
  • Students must complete the Program Expectations and Memorandum of Agreement by October 1st (fall semester/full year) or March 1st (spring semester) to remain in the course.
  • STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

*Students must see Mrs. Stern if interested in joining this course

Grades: 11-12                                                 Length: half or full year                     Credit: 0.5-1.0

Prerequisite: valid work permit