Externships: lesser known than internships but just as useful, and easier to access
Fresno Unified School District Summer Career Externships
Playbook to Success.
Fresno Unified School Districts CTE team wanted to provide additional work-based-learning opportunities during the Summer with industry partners preparing students for the workforce.
Lack of career-focused summer programs
A challenge to bring local industry to the table on a consistent basis
Fresno’s CTE team wanted to expand opportunities for their students without adding extra burden to their staff
Development of a 4 week Summer career camp series built with industry for 1000 students which was fully staffed and managed outside of their CTE team
SEL and Workforce ready data required to track student progress and present to their leadership board
Provide this opportunity to an entire class and make it more accessible to students
Manage and coordinate all marketing, promotion, enrollment and program operations.
Our team worked closely to provide 20 hour Externships in Cybersecurity, Technology, Game Development and Entrepreneurship built with industry partners including Facebook & Microsoft Xbox that addressed workforce readiness through professional focused SEL + character building.
Each field of study had relevant industry partnership and professionals guiding students through the challenges and providing networking and mentorship opportunities.
Turnkey solution for both education and industry to participate while gaining maximum value and exposure
Able to provide Work-Based Learning opportunities at scale through cohort-based externships
“Our Summer career series have been built into the annual budget for next year's Career Summer series and will continue to grow the industry partners, supportive ecosystem and the scale of progress helping Fresno students join the workforce.”
Would recommend externship to a friend
Wanted to choose Cybersecurity as a pathway in school and beyond
Enhanced collaboration and teamwork skills
Said the externship helped them network with potential future employers
Said they now have a better understanding of how to reach their career goals
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