Ivan Zamora loves to play soccer. But realistically, he knows this passion may not develop into a career.
So he’s developed a Plan B. He’s also interested in computers, how they work and what they can do.
“I’ll see what I can do with that,” he said.
He’ll learn more about possible careers in the Information Technology (IT) field beginning this summer and continuing next year through an internship program.
He’s among 11 juniors at Burnsville High School selected to participate in a year-long internship program sponsored by Genesys Works, a not-for-profit organization. The program enables selected high school students to “break through barriers and discover through meaningful work experience that they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world,” according to the website at www.genesysworks.org.
Students will attend an eight-week training class this summer focused on giving public speeches, learning basic desktop support, and gaining workplace skills.
Then next fall as seniors, they’ll spend half of each day at internships with local corporations and earn up to $10,000.
But most importantly, they’ll get an insider view into the IT field and figure out if it’s right for them.
They’ll also gain valuable work experience.
Burnsville High School junior Temuulen Batoyun is another BHS junior who will attend the summer training and participate in an internship in the fall. She looks forward to gaining technology skills like coding because she knows there are many IT employment opportunities.
“Through this program I’ll have new experiences, expand my knowledge, gain new skill sets and interact with new people,” she said, “and see what it’s like to work in the real world.”
Adiam Asmerom, a Burnsville High School senior, will finish up her year-long internship as a help desk technician at Lifetouch in August and head off to college in the fall. She found the experience valuable in many ways, especially with increasing her communication and time management skills.
Adiam’s experience was typical of those who have participated in the Genesys Works internships, according to Marcia Sexton, College and Career Specialist at Burnsville High School. “They’ve gained confidence, and acquired skills and experiences to add to their resumes and college applications.”
The school district is forging many partnerships with local businesses to create pathway experiences for students through paid and unpaid internships. Students can gain valuable experiences while they are in high school which will help them plan their future careers and be more college and career ready. If you are interested in becoming a partner of District 191, please contact Kathy Funston, the district’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and Pathways at (952) 707-6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.