Superintendent's Message, Feb. 20, 2019
Dear friends and neighbors:
While many of us have been spending more time in our homes during the snowy weather this month, braving the snow and ice to get to work or school or help a neighbor, some of us are already thinking about summer … actually, summer internships, to be more precise. You know, there is little more central to a healthy life and a healthy community than a family wage job with the promise of career growth and personal fulfillment. That’s what the “career ready” theme in our strategic plan envisions.
For many years Everett Public Schools has offered students a worksite learning program in which participants can receive learning experience credit for qualified work experiences. Last school year, 98 students benefited from worksite learning. While many more of our students may hold part-time jobs, shouldn’t all of our students be able to take with them evidence of solid work experience when they graduate. Last month, our school district cemented a landmark partnership with the city of Everett to provide internships to high school students through a program called Everett Career Link. You can read on the city website a report of Mayor Cassie Franklin’s début of the internship partnership at her recent State of the City address.
This jobs partnership will open doors for regional employers to host high school interns. It will provide tremendously improved opportunities for our students to get real-world career experiences while earning high school credits. It will provide students pathways to careers in their own community. And it will aid our region’s economic health for years to come.
Everett Career Link’s 90-hour summer internships are for students and employers seeking a proactive approach to matching local talent with local opportunities. More information can be found on the district’s internships and youth apprenticeships website. Interested students can complete an internship interest form, and interested employers can learn more on the district’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are terrifically excited to offer these important learning experiences and to partner with our city leadership and our community’s business leaders to open career doorways for our students. It’s through experiences like these that our student will demonstrate with “proof positive” that they are truly career ready when they graduate from Everett Public Schools.
Gary Cohn, Superintendent