On Tuesday, January 10th, Kenton High School students who were enrolled in the Wildcat Community Connectors Program during the fall semester will host an exposition and give a presentation about their experiences during their fall semester internships at local businesses throughout Hardin County. WCC student interns invited their business mentors and parents as well as local educators and community partners to Tuesday’s event held at Mid-Ohio Energy’s Community Room.
The program will commence at 10:30 a.m. with an exposition. Students will be stationed at booths. They will explain their capstone project — a research project in the field they interned in and provide a summary of their internship experience to community members. At 11 a.m., the program will begin wherein the audience will watch a short video about the WCC program and then students will individually present what the learned at their internship as well as personally recognize and thank their mentors. WCC interns will also receive a certificate of program completion.
The Wildcat Community Connectors (WCC) program is a semester-long, career skills (elective) course and internship program for KHS Juniors and Seniors. In the program, students meet local business leaders who influence hiring in their companies; learn about educational/training requirements for careers of their interest, and develop job skills that will help them qualify for successful employment opportunities. Through the skills developed and the contacts they make during this program, KHS students increase their opportunity to be accepted into post-secondary programs and/or obtain a quality, full-time employment following graduation from high school.
Students have two periods (7th and 8th periods) in their daily class schedule blocked for the KHS class and off-campus, internship experience. They spend the first two weeks of the class at KHS learning vital career skills, including participating in mock interviews, drafting cover letters and resumes and learning soft skills while they are matched with local Hardin County businesses. Students then spend the rest of the semester off-campus at their internship site for a minimum of 60-hours, meeting once a week in the classroom on Mondays, to hear guest speaker presentations about career skills. During the semester, students complete a capstone project and share their internship experience at the WCC Exposition held at the end of the semester in which KHS students, teachers, WCC mentors, and members of the community are invited to attend. For more information about the WCC course, please contact: WCC Instructor/ KHS Teacher: Christina Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org