Learn, Apply, Earn
I propose an intensive internship experience involving one semester of learning, applying, and working in the field of interest.
The students would attend a two hour educational seminar once a week in two fields they are interested in. They would do so for the spring semester of their tenth grade year.
The students would then attend a summer intensive internship where they worked together to develop a project that is indicative of the work required in that field. Thus, if they are interested in becoming computer programmers, they would work with other students and industry guides to produce an action computer program that would be used by the public.
For the final portion of their project, the students would work four hours a week at a company in their field of interest as an entry level employee where they would be mentored and overseen by industry professionals. They would do so for one semester to one school year.
At the end of this experience, if their work is satisfactory, the students would be given scholarships.
How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?
This idea will assist students in acquiring actual field experience. It will first let them weigh two career options while they receive specific education in those careers. In the summer, they would receive practical experience in those fields, as they would in the fall. It would greatly assist in gaining the experience that so many young people need for gainful employment. Finally, it would help them pursue further college education in this career if they so desired.
What online or in-person components of your concept will best support this transition?
The semester before the summer project, students could attend online courses in order to assist in providing greater access to potential fields and industry professionals. In the summer, students may be able to work together via an online workspace in order to complete projects together. Finally, if students can't get physical internships at a business that represents their field of interest, perhaps students could perform the work from home via the internet.