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Newport News Students Gaining Career Experiences During the Summer

(08/01/2017) -What did you do over the summer? Tutor, computer repair, mentor, food service, photography, driver's education and video production.

Those are some of the responses from 128 high school students in Newport News Public Schools who are gaining valuable career experiences through two paid internship programs. Designed to introduce students to work experiences while developing workplace readiness skills, the Career Pathways Summer Internship Program and the SPARK (Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge) Internship Program pair students with NNPS employees in nine schools and 10 departments.

"Working as a photographer this summer is giving me the opportunity to learn more about capturing and using pictures in publications while doing something that I enjoy," said Kendahl Bell, a rising junior in the Communication Arts Program at Woodside High School. "I am considering a career in filmmaking or sports medicine, so this experience has been great," he added.

Students applied for the internships during the school year and were selected to participate based on a written application and interview process. Orientations and onsite training prepared each intern for their job specific responsibilities. NNPS employees serve as mentors and supervisors.

"Career Pathways is an interactive initiative that connects students to career exploration and development. Students can investigate careers and participate in work-based learning experiences that give them the opportunity to test drive career options," said Toinette Outland, Career Pathways and Career & Technical Education Instructional Supervisor. "Our mission is to prepare students to be successful employees, no matter what career pathway they choose."