Career Education

Career Education and The Internship Program

Career Internships are unpaid, structured learning experiences designed specifically for each individual student within our district. This is a program that has been tailored to meet the needs of every eligible senior and their personal career goals. The senior must be in good academic standing to participate. The Career Internships are structured, supervised activities that may take place in various locations/businesses within the community. In addition, students may also choose to take classes at the local colleges if they are eligible. Examples of some of our cooperating job sites include, but are not limited t the elementary and middle schools, private schools for special needs children, graphic design businesses, neighboring hospitals and doctors' offices, physical therapy offices, public library, local police departments, grocery stores, restaurants, law offices, farms, boutiques, bridal stores, religious organizations, department stores, automotive shops, car dealers, private electricians, hardware stores and beauty salons. The possibilities are endless. The transition coordinator and the job coaches try their best to search the community for a placement that meets every student's career choice interests and needs.

Career Internships are designed to give students structured, supervised activities that will assist them to accomplish the following: (N.J.A.C.6A: 19-1.2, NJDOE)

  • Explore career possibilities
  • Develop employability skills
  • Clarify career goals
  • Transition between school and employment or further education and training

While on the job site the students perform many activities based on their level of ability, understanding and successful completion of given tasks/responsibilities, appropriate work related interpersonal skills, motivation and positive attitude.

In conjunction with each student's internship, he or she may also participate in our Career Education class. The goals of this class are to:

  • Develop awareness of the many employment opportunities available
  • Develop awareness of the relevant factors to be considered in making career decisions become familiar with occupational clusters and classifications
  • Explore key occupational areas and assess their own interests and abilities
  • Develop tentative occupational plans and arrive at a tentative career choice

Students interested in the program meet individually with the transition coordinator the spring of their junior year to assess career goals, interests, and needs and discuss all the possible internship placements within the community.

The students in the internship program earn 10-15 credits for their participation and receive a letter grade for their work. The Career Education class is a 5-credit class and each component of the program follows the district's strict grading process.

For more information please contact:

Laura McSpirit Grier
Transition Coordinator
Pascack Valley Regional High School District
201-358-7060 ext. 24020

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