Our programs prepare you for jobs that employers are trying to fill — both locally and nationally. While many young people are finding it difficult to move forward with their careers, CTE graduates find themselves in demand.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Chelsea Blake (Hadley-Luzerne CSD) and Kevin Vincent (Waterford Halfmoon UFSD) at Saratoga TODAY
Work Based Learning (WBL) internships are a key component to Career and Technical Education. During the 2016-17 school year, 326 student internships were completed. Most internships take place in a student’s senior year. WBL supports NYS learning standards by: applying classroom learned skills to the workplace; acquiring new skills; applying and reinforcing academic, technical, and job readiness skills; and exposing students to different career pathways. For employers it is an opportunity to train potential employees and influence educational trends.
Chelsea Blake (Hadley-Luzerne CSD) and Kevin Vincent (Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD), seniors in the Graphics and Visual Communications program, are interning at Saratoga TODAY. They have been working on social media marketing and increasing engagement. In addition to the free weekly newspaper, Saratoga TODAY publishes other popular local magazines like Simply Saratoga, Healthy Saratoga, Saratoga Family, and Saratoga Bride to name a few. The students have been working on updating client lists and creating ads. Any feature work they do will get them a by-line which is great for their resumes.
“Because many of the businesses where the students are placed are small, they do real work. It is not just a job shadow,” says Graphics Instructor Anne Villet. “There is a real benefit for the placement and the student.”
Mackenzie Blydenburgh of Warrensburg is a student in the Auto Body Repair program. He recently completed an internship at H&V Collision Center in Queensbury. Manager Pat Donohue, says “I try to hire the interns that come through the program because they are the young ones who will be taking over the business. We like to get them before they go somewhere else.”
Mackenzie is still weighing his options, but says its great to know there is a job waiting for him after graduation.
Pat Donohue, H&V Collision Center with Auto Body Repair student Mackenzie Blydenburgh (Warrensburg CSD)