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20 students to start internships at local businesses
through Herkimer BOCES School To Careers program

Sept. 16, 2016



Groves and Napolitano talk to ACIE students
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers Director Christopher Groves and STC liaison and work based learning coordinator MaryBeth Napolitano speak to students in the new Advanced Career Immersion Experience and their parents during an orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Herkimer BOCES.



HERKIMER – The 20 students in the first cohort of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers Advanced Career Immersion Experience will be participating in internships with local businesses from October through April.

STC hosted an orientation for the ACIE students and their parents on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Herkimer BOCES.

“Bottom line, this is a good opportunity,” STC Director Christopher Groves said, near the end of the orientation, about ACIE. “Soak it up. Shape it – because it is yours.”

Students in ACIE will complete internships under the mentorship of local professionals. They will either work with one host site for 24 weeks or two host sites for 12 weeks each. Each weekly session will last three to four hours, and students will spend a total of 72 hours in internships over the course of the program.

Sites where students are already scheduled to intern include A&P Master Images, Little Falls Hospital of Bassett Healthcare, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center, ConMed Corp., Fitness Forum, Herkimer County Department of Social Services, Herkimer County Sheriff Christopher Farber, Herkimer Veterinary Association, Hummel's Office Plus, Indium Corp., Jarvis Middle School, Masonic Medical Research Lab, Mohawk Valley Health Systems, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Quadsimia, Slocum-Dickson Medical Group, Stanley Center for the Arts, state police Troop D and the Utica Zoo.

STC educators started working with students last spring to prepare them for ACIE, and ACIE is launching this school year. The students, who are all seniors, are from Central Valley and Frankfort-Schuyler, and STC officials are hoping that other Herkimer BOCES component school districts choose to take advantage of the program next year.

During the orientation, MaryBeth Napolitano, STC liaison and work based learning coordinator, highlighted expectations, the timeline for the internships, how to fill out timesheets, what to do about dress code at the host sites, how students will prepare resumes, how to use the Remind app and Google Classroom and the closing requirements for students such as writing reflection essays, doing a capstone project and making a speech or creating a display for the completion ceremony in April.

“It has been an honor to be working with your children,” Napolitano said, to parents at the orientation. “I am so excited about this year. Your children are truly talented and motivated.”

ACIE aims to provide opportunities for students including exploring career interests, expanding their knowledge base, obtaining real world experience, growing their communication and interpersonal skills, gaining something to add to their college applications or career resumes, learning more about responsibility and maturity and developing career connections with local professionals and leaders in the field.

“We’re extremely excited – probably as much as you all are,” Groves said.

Groves and Napolitano pointed out to students that the program might assist students in realizing what they want to do for their careers or it might make them realize something they thought they were interested in isn’t what they want to do – and both of those outcomes can be helpful, they said.

The students took an important first step in figuring out their career paths, Napolitano said.

“You are the very first ones,” she said, “so this is fabulous.”


ACIE students at orientation




 
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