Getting Technical: 'Shared ordeal' of pandemic creates internship opportunities
In the past 13 months, so much of our lives have changed: what we can do, when we can do it and with whom we can spend our time.
In the midst of these changes and a restructuring of our lives, the economy to support us still is chugging forward. There are so many unfilled jobs, huge gaps in skills needed for high-wage jobs and simply not enough people to fill all the jobs even if there wasn’t a skills gap.
This leaves us ripe for innovation.
One of my mentors, Phil Schlechty, always said, “Nothing brings people together like a shared ordeal.”
I can speak from experience that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us together and caused us to innovate in ways we might have gotten to until 10 years from now – or maybe never.
Add the stress of the economy, school safety protocols, technology, put them in a bag and shake them all up, and wow – we are on the change fast-track now. There is a silver lining.
And speaking of change in the economy, Tolles Career & Technical Center always has partnered with business and industry for internship experiences.
Over the past three years, we have listened more intently to what our business partners need and we have restructured our programs to fit industry. Together, we have placed more than 75 students into internship experiences this year, even with a pandemic.
Tolles wants to send a huge "thank you" to our business partners who found ways to work with us during these stressful times. Thank you for giving kids opportunities.
Likewise, Tolles was just named one of 12 High School Tech Internship Pilot Programs in the state through the Ohio Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation supported by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
“We know students stay in Ohio if they are connected to businesses at an earlier age, and that’s exactly what this pilot is doing," he said. "The solution to your workforce shortage may be right under your nose at your local high school.”
Participating businesses can be reimbursed for supporting student interns, especially those with industry credentials. Cue career and technical centers.
Now, more than ever, career and technical centers make sense for the education of students.
I love the words of the lieutenant governor: “The solution to your workforce shortage may be right under your nose at your local high school.”
Career and technical centers, such as Tolle, have been right under your nose this whole time. Students, parents, businesses, it is time to check out your local career center.
If you want to reach out to Tolles for more information about our career center, contact Cindy Alderman, marketing and recruiting specialist, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want more information about internship opportunities for students or for businesses, contact Steve Cawley, internship coordinator, by email at email@example.com.
Emmy Beeson is superintendent of Tolles Career & Technical Center, which includes students from the Dublin and Hilliard school districts. Contact her at ebeeson@ tollestech.com.