Opening the door for students to pursue careers in manufacturing starts in the classroom, but shouldn't end there. That's why WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs team has been working with local manufacturing businesses to offer internships to Max Hayes High School junior and senior manufacturing students.
An internship celebration was held at Max Hayes High School Thursday May 10th to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s manufacturing interns with parents, educators, students, and employers.
"Some of the most engaging and transformative experiences for these students often happens outside the school as part of their internship experience—which is a requirement of WIRE-Net’s manufacturing curriculum at Max Hayes High School,” said Brianna Schultz, WIRE-Net Director of Youth Programs.
Voss Industries and about a dozen other local companies provided internships to Max Hayes students this school year. Michael Santana, a senior at Max Hayes High School, said the internship experience at Voss was extremely valuable in offering both professional and personal development.
"It made me responsible and understand respect in the workplace. It also helped me with my communication skills,” Michael said.
"Having internships provided by WIRE-Net and Max Hayes has truly helped our production in our Aerospace Department," says Voss human resource professional Brittany McNeal.
Voss Industries was one of the companies who attended this year’s celebration for the eight students who completed internships in welding, machining, or computer aided design. Students preparing to participate in an internship program next school year were on hand to meet with employers.
"It's fulfilling to be a part of a student's development, and offer them a glimpse into what the future holds. Hands on experience takes them beyond the classroom, and allow them to gain an understanding of a real work experience," said William E. Graham Jr., Vice President of B&R Machine Company. B&R has hosted a number of machining interns, with the most recent becoming a full time employee.
"While our internships have learning objectives, that isn't necessarily the focus of our programs. It's really about helping these students understand how to operate in the workplace and provide an opportunity to give them real world experience that will aid their long- term plans after graduation," Jessica Westropp, WIRE-Net Workforce Development Manager added.
This school year WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs team worked with over 50 students at Max Hayes High School through plant tour, job shadows, and internship experiences. WIRE-Net’s team worked closely with parents, teachers, students, and companies to make sure they all enjoyed the work-based learning experiences and were a part of the learning process. Visit our website to learn more about WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs and to learn how your company can get involved in WIRE-Net’s work-based learning activities.
Questions? Contact Brianna Schultz, Director of Youth Programs at 216-920-1967 or BSchultz@wire-net.org.
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