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Introducing Career Options Early

valuable perspectives as students plan for their lives after graduation.

Particularly for jobs requiring very specific skills, businesses
have increased their outreach significantly to schools. For example,
there is such an urgency to fill mechatronics positions among
some local manufacturers that employers are making inroads with
course instructors at Berks Technical Institute and Reading Area
Community College's mechatronics cohort. Connecting with the
students who express an interest in the field allows them to guide
and nurture the pipeline of skilled workers instead of waiting for
graduates to find them.

To date, 14 out of 18 public high schools across the county offer
internships as an elective for seniors. Based upon the percentage
of the senior class that enrolled, Lausch said schools with strong
placement programs include Reading, Brandywine Heights Area
and Conrad Weiser school districts.
In its 16th year, Twin Valley School District is the longeststanding internship program in Berks County.

Educators also are eager to connect students with work
experience and offer internships for students in their senior year
for credit.

"The program is outstanding, the gold standard for how an
internship should be structured. In the 2018-19 school year, 106
seniors (42% of the class) had engaged in an internship experience,
typically two hours a day, five days a week for the entire semester or
school year," said Lausch.

"Internships afford the students, college bound or immediately
work bound, an in-depth look at a possible career trajectory while
still in high school," said Dr. Lausch.

"We want to expose our students to various career path
options, so they know what's waiting for them," said Robert Pleis,
superintendent, Twin Valley School District.

Whether the experience reinforces their interest or sends them
At Twin Valley, two full-time teachers coordinate approximately
in a new direction, he said that either outcome provides useful, 160 internship placements and advise students on finding
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