Impact of Connecting Activities in Massachusetts

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Career Exploration, School to Careers, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you wondered about the impact of high school internship programs in Massachusetts. Recent data shows that 11,562 Massachusetts high schools students participated in work based learning experiences over the last year. A portion of these students collectively earned just under ten million dollars in paid internship experiences.

The top three industries were education and childcare, retail and services and health care. Time management, leadership and customer service were the top job skills students worked on.

Click on the links to find out more about performance metrics or about the College and Career Readiness activities in Massachusetts or on Cape Cod


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Internships Inspire MHS Seniors

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Career Exploration, School to Careers, Your Education | 0 comments

By: LANNAN M. O’BRIEN, June 9, 2014


Eighteen-year-old Theresa M. Eccleston’s passion for working with the elderly was reaffirmed by her internship at the Royal Meganset Nursing & Retirement Home for the Mashpee High School school-to-career program this year.

“I love how interesting their stories are,” she said. “I love how sweet they are, I love putting a smile on their faces.”

Run by business and technology teacher Carol Riley, the School-to-Career program is an internship program students may choose to complete instead of a senior project— seniors are required to complete one of the two in order to graduate. This year, 10 students participated in the program, for which they worked with a supervisor at an internship of their choice for 10 hours a week over a 13-week period.

For her internship, Theresa said that she assisted residents of the nursing home with daily needs such as opening windows, adjusting fans, and making beds.

Along with her classmates, Theresa provided The Enterprise with written answers to questions about her experiences.

“I learned that nursing is probably one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs there is out there and I am so happy I have picked this career,” she wrote.

Theresa has already been offered a job at the Royal Meganset, and will resume her work there after she graduates. After working there for a year, she hopes to transfer to Cape Cod Hospital and then study nursing at Cape Cod Community College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Published in the Mashpee Enterprise, June 9, 2014

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Mashpee High School-To-Career Students Experience Professional Life

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Career Exploration, School to Careers, Your Education | 0 comments

written by LANNAN M. O’BRIEN, May 30, 2014

Each time Mashpee High School senior Alyssa N. Farren, 18, assisted Mashpee Police Department officers Meredith Allen and Lisa Hettinger during her School-to-Career project this year, she was excited to discover what the day would bring.

“I learned that this career can be demanding but it is different every day,” she wrote in a summary of her experience. Alyssa and her nine classmates in the School-to-Career program at MHS submitted written answers to questions about their decisions to participate in the program and what they have learned as a result.

The School-to-Career program, run by business and technology teacher Carol Riley, is an internship program that students can choose as an alternative to completing a senior project. This year, 10 students participated in the program, for which they were required to apply to a position of their choice and work with a supervisor for 10 hours a week over a 13-week period.

While Alyssa learned through her internship that the job of a police officer “is not a normal 9-to-5,” she said that each of the officers in the department enjoy their work and would not change it for anything.

“I cannot wait to pursue my career in this field and the internship I had just made me even more ready for the years to come,” she wrote of her experience.

Alyssa was not the only School-to-Career student who chose to work with the police department—her classmate Joseph P. Williams, 18, was working beside her under the supervision of Officer Joseph Catanese.

Every week, Joseph said that he rode with various police officers in their cruisers, checking buildings where security alarms had rung and running the license plates of drivers they pulled over.

“Sometimes, the person I was with had to bring people down to the station in the same car, which was kind of awkward, especially if you knew [the person],” he wrote.

However, he added that the experience taught him a lot about respect.

“Respect is a huge thing with police officers. If you give officers respect, they are going to give it back and depending on the situation you are in, they will most likely do their best to help you out,” he wrote. “They aren’t out there to get you in trouble unless you are doing something to get [yourself] in trouble, they are out there to help and protect people and make sure people are doing the right thing.”

Another student, Kellie J. Dionne, 18, was inspired to become a health unit coordinator after completing an internship at the North Falmouth Outpatient Surgery Center, the outpatient center of Falmouth Hospital.

“While [interning] at the North Falmouth Outpatient Surgery Center, I learned so much about health care, from networking to diseases,” Kellie wrote.

During her internship, she said that she learned about insurance, scheduling appointments, handling medical records and organizing nursing packets, ordering office and medical supplies, and communicating with various departments and offices.

After graduating, Kellie will study general business management at Potomac State College of West Virginia for two to four years, before transferring to another school to earn her master’s degree in health care management. She plans to become certified as a health unit coordinator while studying for her master’s degree.

Published in Mashpee Enterprise, May 30, 2014

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At Mashpee High School, Seniors Set Career Goals Through School-to-Career Program

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Career Exploration, School to Careers | 0 comments


Prior to choosing an internship for the Mashpee High School School-to-Career program, 18-year-old Audrey M. Sylvia, an animal lover, completed a job shadow at Leach Animal Hospital in Mashpee, and after four hours of observing animal surgeries, realized that veterinary work was not her calling.

“I’m definitely interested in it but I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life,” she said this week.

The School-to-Career program, an alternative graduation requirement to completing a senior project, consists of an internship supplemented by a class taught by business and technology teacher Carol P. Riley. Ten students participated in the program this year. After they completed three job shadows at different locations, each senior applied for an internship and worked with a supervisor for 10 hours per week over a 13-week period.

For Audrey, her experience at the animal hospital provided an opportunity to reevaluate her career goals. She pursued instead an internship at the Riverview School in East Sandwich and discovered a passion for working with special needs students.

“Some of them had issues with bullying and maybe their families had placed them there,” she said. “I liked talking with them to figure out what they needed and helping them through certain things.”

Audrey was responsible for assisting students with daily tasks such as chores and homework, and participating in activities with them like nature walks and social events. When behavioral issues with students arose, she learned to remove the individual from a given situation and redirect him or her to a different task.

The soon-to-be graduate will begin a paid job at the Riverview School this summer. In the future, she hopes to attend college and become a therapist for special needs students.

Seniors Margo Smith and Vanessa B. Martins were inspired by their internships to help others through the field of nursing.

Margo was responsible for making patients comfortable while getting their IVs and blood transfusions, delivering their lunches and drinks, and observing the nurses. She also had the opportunity to watch a peripherally inserted central catheter line procedure, in which a line is inserted into the arm and fed through a vein into a patient’s chest.

“I saw a number of procedures performed and learned how to do them without actually doing them,” she wrote in a report of her experience to the Enterprise. “I also learned that while working in a hospital, there is always communication going on to make sure their [the nurses’] work is accurate.”

Margo hopes to join the Air National Guard after high school, then attend a state college to study nursing.

Vanessa, on the other hand, enjoyed learning about the different responsibilities of nurses in the operating room.

“The internship only made me fall in love with the medical field even more,” she wrote in her report.

Although Vanessa wants to pursue a career in nursing, she is unsure whether she wants to work in an operating room. She plans to attend college at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

“One of the things [from my internship] I will always keep with me is how I learned to be responsible for myself and what I want to achieve and how to go after it,” she wrote.

Published in the Mashpee Enterprise on June 13, 2014

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Recent Mashpee Grads Value School-To-Career Internships

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Career Exploration, School to Careers | 0 comments

By: LANNAN M. O’BRIEN, June 18, 2014

Recent Mashpee High School graduate Kristen N. Tavares, 18, learned the challenges of running a business while interning with her family’s landscaping company, Francisco Tavares, Inc., for her School-to-Career class this year.

“I learned that running a company is extremely stressful and that I never gave my father enough credit for everything he has to deal with on a daily basis,”  she wrote in a report of her experience to the Enterprise. Kristen and her classmates submitted answers to questions about their school-to-career internships for the newspaper. “I learned that this business is all about people-pleasing and keeping people happy no matter what.”

She added that seeing a proposed design “come to life” through the hard work of employees was a rewarding experience.

The school-to-career program is an internship program accompanied by a class on obtaining a job and working professionally. Seniors must complete either a senior project or the school-to-career program to graduate. This year, 10 students participated in the program, for which they were required to apply to a position of their choice and work with a supervisor for 10 hours a week over a 13-week period.

For her internship, Kristen was responsible for calculating the amount of material needed for various projects; visiting job sites with her supervisor, project manager Jonathon Searles; sitting in on meetings with builders and clients; delivering materials to job sites; and completing tasks such as filing paperwork, running machinery, mixing and screening loam, and cleaning the shop.

However, there was one obstacle that the intern found difficult to overcome: being a female in a male-dominated industry.

“There’s still that stereotype out there that females, especially in this male-dominated industry, can’t do or don’t know as much as the men,” she wrote. “I’m a petite woman, so men wouldn’t really expect me to be able to lift 80-pound bags of concrete mix or operate heavy machinery, but they were pleasantly surprised when they saw that I can.”

Her classmate, 18-year-old Cameron M. Murphy, decided to “get his feet wet” in the mechanics industry by interning at Cape Auto Repair in Sandwich.

“My favorite thing about School-to-Career was that I got to work on my own cars,” he wrote to the Enterprise. “When my car needed something done to it, [owner Eric York] would just schedule me in for a day and then I got to fix my car myself.”

Cameron said that he chose an internship in the automotive industry because he is “fascinated by everything with a motor,” and his experience reinforced his desire to pursue a related career.

Under the supervision of Mr. York, he completed work on cars, such as changing oil and replacing wheel bearings, ball joints, and valve cover gaskets.

Cameron was recently hired at the Arc of Cape Cod in Hyannis—an organization that works to secure opportunities for residents with developmental disabilities—and in his free time, enjoys riding dirt bikes and ATVs, fixing cars, and playing sports. The graduate plans to attend the Universal Technical Institute in the fall.


Published in the Mashpee Enterprise: June 18, 2014


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