Do you have a clear idea or have you just started to explore options?
Either way –consider applying for an experience coordinated by the Workplace Learning Connection.
The AREA 10 Student Internship Program is designed to help you make those important future education and career decisions by getting out and exploring a career that interests you, while earning elective academic credit!
Please see your school’s WLC contact or the guidance department if you want to apply. Completed applications for summer and fall 2014 internships* are due to WLC by 4.4.14-your school’s due date will be earlier!
Please check out www.workplace-learning.org for more information on the program.
Nanci Young, Workplace Learning Connection
Lexi Kinnaird and Anna Zinchuk from Clear Creek Amana High School think that they might enjoy working with children and their parents someday in a highly stressful environment. The CC-A girls, along with six other students from six area high schools, spent part of their school day at University of Iowa Health Care learning about careers focusing on Child Life / Child Development. This experience was coordinated through Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection.
A child life specialist helps children and their families face the emotions and demands of coping with hospitalization and acts as an advocate for their special needs. During their job shadow, Kinnaird and Zinchuk discovered that they will need to manage the emotional stress that comes with working with children who sometimes have life-threatening illnesses. They will need to become knowledgeable about child development and learn to create appropriate strategies to educate, prepare and support children through the changes that happen in their life as they navigate the hospital system.
While at the job shadow, Lexi and Anna went to the U of I Center for Disabilities and Development where they interacted with current graduate students and learned about identifying and providing services to children with disabilities. Then, they walked over to the Child Life Program. They were given a fabric doll and learned that professionals use them to calm down younger children during a hospital procedure. The students were asked to envision the perspective of a child going through an emotionally and physically difficult and strange experience.
Zinchuk explains why she felt this time away from school was valuable: “This job shadow helped me to finalize my decision to work with children, and it also opened up my eyes to the different fields involved with children.”
The Clear Creek-Amana School District partners with Workplace Learning Connection because both believe in a vibrant community with a workforce ready for a changing world. WLC supports the next generation of Iowa and Johnson County students as they navigate and connect to a shared future. To learn how to connect to high school students or to the business community through work-based learning, go to www.workplace-learning.org.