A note from Joan McDonald…

Oct 18, 2012 by

This week, I visited the School to Careers classroom of Lisa Fedy at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School. The School to Careers program, an activity of the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board, gives high school students an opportunity to gain work experience in career fields they are interested in pursuing.  I saw six presentations from seniors about their work site experience. Qantum of Cape Cod LLC, Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Hospital, ERT Architects, and Station Ave. Elementary School were the worksites I heard students talk about.

One student illustrated how businesses are marketed on radio and led the class in a team activity, creating three quick and creative jingles in under ten minutes. A second described the services at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, highlighting their work in laser surgery and chemotherapy for pets. A third student illustrated his experience at ERT Architects documenting a home demolition and rebuilding project. Another described his experience at CCHC Surgical Care Center viewing a robotic lobectomy and femoral harvest. Two students described their work as teachers’ aids at Station Ave. Elementary School, helping second graders in math, reading and comprehension.

The School to Careers Program helps students develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and customer service skills. Through their involvement, employers are taking an active role in preparing their workforce of tomorrow while providing meaningful learning opportunities to the students of today. Participation also strengthens relationships with the local community. Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine invited these DY school to careers students to attend Business Connect 2012 where they will hear keynote speeches and visit with business vendors.

Joan McDonald, Director of Youth Services


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