Lessons Learned on the 2nd Annual Internship Presentation Day at Pathways Academy
Lessons Learned on the 2nd Annual Internship Presentation Day at Pathways
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design hosted their 2nd Internship Presentation Day on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. More than 40 professionals from more than 25 unique organizations came to hear more about the internship experiences of 75 students. Over the 2016-2017 school year and summer, more than 113 students had paid internships in and around the Hartford area. Pathways partnered with 31 organizations and companies to allow 95 students to get IT, business, photo/video and design experience over this past summer. The learning and transformation that takes place in these young people is truly incredible.
Rob Rising, Collaboration Manager at The Hartford spoke during opening remarks and shared, "Pathways students have made a great contribution to our organization, most times more significant than our college interns!" New potential partners as well as long time Industry Advisory Board Members from Aetna, Cigna, The Hartford and Travelers attended the event to both congratulate students and to preview upcoming talent.
As a diverse and underrepresented student population gets the opportunity to explore career possibilities they never imagined themselves, futures are transformed and doors are opened. These are the next generation of professionals. We must assist and expose them to careers that will be very essential to the success of corporations in the future. Work-based learning and project-based learning are incorporated into the curriculum that this magnet school offers, better preparing these students for the real-world.
Pathways is extremely grateful to all of its partners and the managers and mentors who guide students through their transitions and ramp up to make this learning experience so beneficial. Seven students shared their experiences and how they made significant contributions to their organizations during the opening and it was truly inspirational. The students then all went upstairs to make at least a 5 minute presentation about lessons learned and recommendations to their peers, fellow interns and professional guests.
If you have questions or want to learn more about Pathways Academy and our Internship program, please reach out to NiCole.Schlagheck@hartfordschools.org for more information.