Cape & Islands student interns leverage more than $840,000 in wages

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in School to Careers | 0 comments

Written by David Augustinho
The Cape & Islands School to Careers Partnership, an activity of the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board, completed the year by placing more than 430 high school juniors and seniors in internships. Some 336 local employers provided placements this year. More significantly, local employers paid more than $840,000 in wages to 173 students, who earned between $8 and $15 per hour.

Over the last 18 years the School to Careers Partnership (STCP) has grown to serve students in high schools across the Cape and Islands. The STCP is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The program is also referred to as connecting activities. The goal is to help prepare students for success after high school, whether they are heading to college or into the workforce.

In the program students have the opportunity to learn what it means to be an employee, develop confidence, and learn job skills. One student recently reflected, “I learned that this business (landscape construction) is all about people pleasing and keeping people happy. You must be quick at problem solving, because some type of problem is always bound to happen. I also learned that the economy plays an extremely important role in this industry. I not only learned a lot about the business but a lot about myself because of this internship. I’ve learned to overcome the stereotype that I can’t do or know as much about this business just because I’m a female in a male-dominated industry. But I can operate heavy machinery just as well, if not better, than most of them. I may be petite but I can still lift and carry 70-pound bags of concrete mix.”

Students find that their internship experience changed their attitude and helped them mature into young adults. At Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School, an 18-year-old senior assisted with administering CPR during a ride-along with the Yarmouth Police while another earned three bylines with the Cape Cod Baseball League, acceptance into a journalism program, and a summer job with the League

The benefit to students is the opportunity to advance in the world of work. Mashpee High School’s School to Careers Coordinator, Carol Riley, wrote, “This year ten students interned for 125 hours each in the fields of criminal justice, landscape construction, health care administration, equine management, nursing, elder care, social work, and automotive repair. At the end of the program, one student gained full-time employment at her internship location, two other students will work part-time for their employers, and another two students have agreed to “drop in and help out” as necessary…which means 50% of our interns have a true head start on their careers!”

The program has helped students discern whether their career choice is the correct one. A Mashpee senior wrote, “My experience with STC has changed my future plans; I learned that I don’t want to be a bio-medical engineering major, although I was pretty sure that was what I wanted to do when I started my internship. My internship changed my major to biochemistry—a biology related field—with a pre-veterinarian track. I still love the sciences, but I now know I want to work with animals.” A Chatham senior reflected on his internship at the Harwich Police Department: “The Community Internship Program has only confirmed my career choice and given me valuable insight on things I need to accomplish in order to become a law enforcement agent.”

I want to congratulate each of our School To Careers coordinators in our 11 partner districts; they make the program run, helping Cape and Island students to experience the world of work, gain confidence in their abilities, and earn some money.

Published in the June 27, 2014 Barnstable Patriot 

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The Art Internship Experience

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in ArtWorks, Career Exploration, School to Careers, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Students from a variety of Cape Cod High Schools have had the opportunity to work with local artists in a variety of media in the ArtWorks internship program.

Lily H. a junior at Sturgis Public Charter School worked with mentor and painter Matthew Schultz, owner of Schultz Gallery in Osterville.

An excerpt from Lily’s reflection letter to Matt Schultz after her internship was completed: “Although our personalities are polar opposite –you tease me and I get mad—I have learned so much about painting in just forty hours of instruction by a master painter and art instructor.  Of course, you are OLD, so hopefully you know a lot about painting at your advanced age. These days what I think about when I paint is blending a palette of colors, varied brush techniques, and how to compose a piece of art.  I think about planning and sketching my composition.  I think about what I do and do not see in front of me.  I also think about how to market to the customer my talent.  I see you are a very successful artist and business owner and that an artist can actually make a comfortable living selling his or her art on Cape Cod. Most importantly, I see I might be able to make a career out of something I love to do.”

Lily’s work and that of her mentor can be seen at the ArtWorks Exhibit displayed at the following locations across the Cape and in Boston.

ArtWorks Exhibition: an exhibition of artwork created as a collaboration between local high school students and their artist mentors.

Heritage Museums and Gardens from April 27-May 12  2013

Cape Cod Museum of Art:  May 18-June 1

Wellfleet Preservation Hall:  June 8-22

State House Offices of Senator Dan Wolf and Senate President Therese Murray:  June 29-August 18

The Artworks program is sponsored, in part, by contributions from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and The Cape Cod Five Foundation.

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Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in ArtWorks, Career Exploration, Creative Cape Cod, School to Careers | 0 comments

Rock Harbor

Kiana Suchecki, a Nauset Regional High School student, completed an art internship with Orleans painter Kely Knowles, Rock Harbor Gallery. Her work will be displayed at Heritage Museums and Gardens from April 27-May 12 in the 2013 ArtWorks Exhibition Opening: an exhibition of artwork created as a collaboration between local high school students and their artist mentors.


The show will also travel to the following venues:

Exhibit at Cape Cod Museum of Art:  May 18-June 1

Exhibit at Wellfleet Preservation Hall:  June 8-22

Exhibit at State House:  June 29-August 18

The Artworks program is sponsored, in part, by contributions from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and The Cape Cod Five Foundation.

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What is the Youth Guide to Living, Learning, Working, Playing and Creating on Cape Cod?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Career Exploration, Resources, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How do you know what career to pursue? What training do you need for the career you want? Who can I talk to about planning my future?
What is the best college to apply to? How do you apply for financial aid? How do you locate scholarships? Do I have to go to college to get a good job? What do vocational technical schools have to offer?
Where do you find updated information on local jobs for teens? How do you get your first job? Is there an internship program in your high school? How do you get job experience before you get your first job?
Where can you find information on healthcare, finding housing, transportation and food? How do you get car insurance? Do you need renters insurance? 
Is there anything interesting to do on Cape Cod? How do I meet people with the same interests? 
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