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Students hope to decide career paths through
Herkimer BOCES internship program

Sept. 26, 2017



Frankfort-Schuyler senior Kailee Roberts expects the Advanced Career Immersion Experience to either confirm her love for the medical field or show her that maybe she would rather go in a different direction.

That type of help narrowing down career choices for students is one of the goals of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program’s ACIE internships.

“I applied to the ACIE internship program for one word: opportunity,” Roberts said. “I believe this internship will give me not only the experience in the field I want to pursue my education in, but also more doors to open for opportunities. It will be a great resume builder and life experience that I believe everyone should have a chance to do before college.”

The Herkimer BOCES School To Careers program held the student and parent orientation for the second year of ACIE on Sept. 13 at Herkimer BOCES. Students will complete either 24 weeks at one internship site or 12 weeks at each of two host sites. The weekly sessions last three to four hours, and students will spend a total of 72 hours in internships over the course of the program.

Last school year, 18 students from Central Valley and Frankfort-Schuyler completed the first year of ACIE. The second cohort includes 27 students from Central Valley, Frankfort-Schuyler, Mount Markham and Owen D. Young.

Excitement for year two

The first year of ACIE was exceptional and exceeded all expectations, STC Director Dr. Christopher Groves said.

“We wanted a program that mirrored the Regional Program for Excellence, a time-tested and quality rich program,” Groves said. “Now, I feel like the ACIE program creates its own reflections. As we move into year two, we’ve increased our cohort size with an exciting new bunch of students who are excited, passionate, dedicated and energetic.”

Groves said he expects ACIE to be a rigorous and robust experience for students.

“I’m excited to see their progress as they learn the most important lessons in their journey – to understand what they don’t want to do as much as what they do want to do,” he said. “That’s what I want them to come away with.”

School To Careers liaison and work-based learning coordinator MaryBeth Napolitano also is enthusiastic about this group of ACIE students.

“As we enter the second year of the Advanced Career Immersion Experience, I look forward to the interns’ different career interests and perspective of the workplace,” she said. “Already, I find myself so connected to this new group of interns.”

The internship host sites include some placements that received positive feedback last school year and new locations – all in line with the unique career interests of this year’s interns, Napolitano said.

“ACIE is fortunate to have the support of our business partners,” she said. “In fact, we would not have had such a successful foundation year without them. It is with great appreciation and utmost respect that STC continues the professional relationship with all our business partners, both past and present, and we look forward to developing future contacts as we expand our borders.”

‘Looking forward’

Roberts hopes to become a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics, and she will be doing her internship through Bassett Healthcare.

She expects the internship to be beneficial in many ways – including opening her eyes to the real world, helping with time management giving her more experience in the career field heading into college.

“Hopefully, I will be the person in class to help out a classmate in college because I actually got to be in the workspace of that job,” she said.

Central Valley senior Cecelia Brown will be doing a 12-week internship with state Assemblyman Marc Butler and then would like her second 12 weeks to focus on environmental topics.

“I am truly looking forward to the upcoming weeks ahead of me,” she said.

Brown said she applied to ACIE to help determine which career path she wants to further explore after high school.

“My hope is that this experience will broaden my knowledge and guide me into determining whether this is the field that I should major in when attending college,” she said. “As of right now, I am interested in science. I love politics and the environment, so I am trying to figure out the perfect fit. This internship will give me experience and insight on whether political science is what I am passionate about.”

Frankfort-Schuyler senior Jennah Nitti is interested in a career in human services or possibly civil engineering. She will spend the first half of ACIE doing an internship at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School with school social worker Jeff Aulisi. She hopes to gain experience in civil engineering wherever her second internship is set up.

“I applied to this internship program because I thought having an opportunity like this would help me decide which career path I wanted to follow,” she said. “I also felt as though it would help me set up a foundation and better understanding of each career.”

Nitti said she hopes ACIE will help her decide which career path to pursue, and she is excited for the opportunity.

“This internship will prepare me for the future by providing me with real-life interactions alongside professionals in the career paths that I am interested in,” she said. “This may also help me in the future by making connections in each of these professions and also by giving me an overview of these particular professional environments."







 
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