is a student internship program developed to connect high school
students with employers and real job opportunities. TIPS provides
youth with an opportunity to learn pre-employment skills, participate
in an internship with a local business, earn high school credit
and gain summer employment.
preparation for upcoming internships and job interviews, students
at Rivendell Academy learned first hand what employers are looking
for when interviewing potential employees. Sterling Golder, Britton
Lumber’s manager of purchasing and sales, came to the TIPS
classroom on January 12th to share his thoughts and experience.
He reminded students that a good first impression is very important
– making eye contact, being friendly and giving a firm handshake
are great ways to get your interview headed in a positive direction.
interviews enabled students to put Mr. Golder’s recommendations
to practice in the classroom. They were asked to answer common
questions such as:
• What are your strengths?
• Tell us about yourself?
• Why do you want to work here?
As students became more familiar with this line of questioning
it became more natural for each student to answer these tough
questions with ease. Two students practiced their interviews in
front of their peers at Mr. Golder’s direction. These students
were given helpful feedback that students can draw from in the
near future and in the years ahead. Mr. Golder left students with
a parting sentiment, “Life isn’t a box of chocolates,
life is a jar of jalapenos,” explaining to the students
how important it is to be flexible and make the best of each opportunity.
TIPS is offered to local high schools through a collaboration
between the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP)
and Navicate. Thanks to a grant from the Vermont
Department of Labor’s Next Generation Fund, UVBEP is able
to offer TIPS at three schools from November 2008 through October
2009. As with other established UVBEP programs, participating
schools and communities need to provide matching funding for TIPS
or other programs to continue. Read
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