GILFORD – Gilford High School’s School to Career Program is in full swing. “The intent of the program is to assist students as they explore potential careers,” said School to Career Coordinator, Dan Caron. “There are three different activities in the program, Career Presentations, eMentorships, and Internships.”
Career presentations take place in February and allow professionals to share their careers with small groups of students. In the past, these have been live presentations but move to Zoom or Google Meets this year due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2020, there were 24 participating professionals and it is hoped that the move online will allow more people to participate.
Mentorships are open to the students in the Introduction to Engineering and the Aviation & Space Technology classes. Participating engineers and technologists are employed at NASA, FAA, or are members of the NH Society of Professional Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and other local companies. The mentorships are all done through email, which allows the mentors to be located anywhere in the country. Sixty-eight Gilford students have participated in the past four years and another 26 students are currently working with an eMentor.
Internships are designed to allow students to experience a career they are interested in pursuing after graduation. “I’ve learned that running a business takes a lot of time and commitment. You have to be willing to give up a lot of things to be successful,” said Tea Rodney of her internship at Annie's. “This internship program is an amazing opportunity that would be great for anyone. You get to gain experience and learn if that career is right for you. It also will look good on job or college resumes!” There are currently 10 students interning or scheduled to intern soon within the school district, Annie’s Café, Emerson Aviation, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Margate, Michael Gagne and Associates and Winnisquam Dental. An additional 12 students are hoping for a placement in health occupations or in civil and electrical engineering.
Anyone with questions about these programs and people and companies wishing to participate should contact Dan Caron, firstname.lastname@example.org, at Gilford High School.