West Hartford Public Schools-to-Careers Partnership Program

Bringing schools, businesses, and organizations together to create exciting career exploration opportunities for students.

Career Pathways

In collaboration with School Counseling and Advisory homeroom, students will work to establish a four-year Student Success Plan (SSP) based on their career aspirations and interests. The SSP guides students toward instruction and skills development that align with college and career preparation.

Visual Arts
Music and Per Arts
Business and Finance
Communications
Hospitality
Government
Education
Health Sciences
Manufacturing
STEM

Career Exploration

Learn about various careers and occupations and their "fit" with your interests, skills and values. Experiences may include;

  • The identification of occupations

  • The study of Pathways

  • The setting of career goals

  • Integrated classroom projects

  • Participate in Job Shadows

  • Participate in Service Learning

  • Plan post-secondary training and education

  • Complete a Mastery Experience

  • Mentor Program

  • Peer Mentor Program

Career Preparation

Apply learning through practical experience that develops knowledge and skills necessary for success in careers and post-secondary education. Experiences may include;

  • Compete in CTSO events (DECA and TSA clubs)

  • Participate in a School-Based Enterprise 

  • Participate in an Internship experience

  • Complete mandatory clinical experiences

  • Engage in Entrepreneurship

  • Participate in Internships 

  • Register for pre-apprentice experiences

 

Internship Program

An internship  is an non-paid, high school credit opportunity for students to work with professionals in “real world” settings to gain an understanding of a career field and what it takes to be successful in an ever-changing world. The program involves active collaboration between student, internship host and a classroom teacher that creates a seamless integration of school and real world learning, enabling students to build knowledge and gain skills through this experience. 

The experience is designed to provide a special emphasis on the skills and competencies required for success. Students will have the opportunity to create a portfolio, develop 21st century skills, and plan their future educational and career paths. The internship program will integrate work-based learning with school-based learning, allow the opportunity to establish networks, and foster on-going collaboration with the community.

Maryanne Taft

REACH Business & Finance Teacher and School-To-Careers Partnership Coordinator
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