Another important part of the AOAT career preparation process is the annual Career Exploration Visit. This year’s hosts – Midnight Oil and Impress Communications – are two leading contenders in the high end design and printing fields. And both were extending this incredible opportunity to the students not for the first time – Midnight Oil was the host of our very first CEV six years ago, and Impress has hosted AOAT twice before! We cannot thank these generous companies enough for welcoming young people into their domains and opening their eyes to possible careers. Touring and learning about the many facets of – and specialties within – the field they are studying in school gives our students the awareness they need to visualize their own futures.
And we couldn’t have organized and carried out these trips without Mr. Diebold who called and followed up with the company contacts. And a shout out as well to our chaperones – alumni Marcy Saylor and Michael Trimarchi, student teacher Jesse Sosa, and Advisory Board members George Roberts and John Ford – thank-you!
At long last, we have new laptops for our career tech classes! The federally-funded Perkins program provided money for 40 brand new Mac Books for students in Rosillo’s and Mercer’s digital imaging classes, and the excited faces above tell how long overdue this upgrade is! Last year we were able to move students up to Creative Suite 6, but many laptops were too old to run the newer software. Now we are ready to rock: students will be properly prepared for the professional world – and college challenges – when they graduate. Thank-you, Perkins!
As our 5th year of summer internships gets underway, 26 students have been matched with hosts and are excitedly learning, on the job, about the real world of work. We are grateful to the businesses that have participated for one or more years, as well as to the new partners just joining this wonderful program. Each student creates a project for their host in addition to their weekly tasks, and will be sharing the results with families and hosts at the Culminating Celebration. Stay tuned for more reports from the 2015 AOAT internship experience.