KidsTek is proud to serve High Tech Early College (HTEC) with two tech certification electives funded by Westwood College. HTEC announced today that twenty one sophomore students successfully interviewed and secured executive internships with local community businesses during the 2012 fall semester!
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 2012
(Denver) – Twenty one sophomore students attending High Tech Early College (HTEC), successfully interviewed and secured executive internships with local community businesses during the 2012 fall semester.
Students began reporting to their paid and un-paid internships on September 10, 2012. Internships span over a variety of career fields including, Information Technology, Accounting, Graphic Design, Criminal Justice, Sales, Engineering, Hospitality and Pre-Medical. The sponsoring companies for the fall semester include Mile High Harley Davidson, Western Paper, HTEC Graphics, iCast, Colorado Kings, LPS LLC, Payne DDS, Monarch Montessori, American Family Insurance, iHigh, Lowry Family Center and Kids Tek.
The HTEC Executive Internship Program is designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to participate in experiential education and prepare them to meet the demands and challenges of the work environment. During this internship, students will experience first-hand the adult business world, and learn to recognize and emulate the characteristics essential to professional success. Students participate in the program for a full semester, during which the intern is required to report to their worksite and complete a 21st Century Skills Certification. “The HTEC Internships are essential to our mission and core values; we value and appreciate the business partners that recognize our opportunity to contribute to an emerging Far North East work force and business development,” states HTEC Principal, John Fry.
“Our goal is to prepare our students to be competitive in the 21st century workplace, many of our students already possess an amazing set of skills such as being bilingual. Their innate skills coupled with the skills they will acquire during their internships will put them ahead of their competing counterparts,” expressed Karie Green, Executive Internship Program Director.
Mrs. Green collaborates with the sponsoring company to ensure each student’s internship experience is educational in scope and directed towards providing the student with an understanding of how the organization functions. Companies are also asked to establish a Learning Plan which outlines appropriate and relevant activities in which the intern will be involved. Mentoring companies will communicate with the intern to review progress, share observations, answer questions, assess overall performance, suggest areas of improvement, and provide general support and encouragement.
HTEC will host the Executive Internship Program Exhibit on December 14th, 2012 from 7:30-9 a.m. During this time, interns will share information about their internship experience with the local business community, HTEC student body and parents.
About High Tech Early College
High Tech Early College is a Denver Public Schools innovation high school in the Montbello community. Its mission is centered on rigorous academics and connections with the business community and industry leaders. HTEC three pillars for 21st century success include Concurrent Enrollment, Project Based Learning and its Executive Internship Program.
Students can earn up to 26 hours of college credit by the end of their junior year, with the opportunity to complete a Certificate of Business. During their senior year, students can continue working toward an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts degree. Students who complete an Associate of Arts Degree can transfer a four-year state college as a junior.
Under the leadership of Principal John Fry, HTEC opened its doors during the 2011-2012 school year with 96 ninth grade students. During the 2012-2013 school year, HTEC will serve approximately 250 students made up of 9th and 10th graders. HTEC expects to graduate it first senior class during the 2014-2015 school year.
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