Opportunities for Real-Life Experience

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With the new school year beginning, the district would like to remind and encourage high school students to take advantage of every opportunity for real-life experience that presents itself! There are endless ways gain experience to help prepare you for life after graduation.

This past June, six HHS students participated in the Junior Achievement High School Heroes—which provides high school students the opportunity to become role models by teaching and empowering elementary students—at Thomas J Lahey. Students worked in teams to mentor students with hands-on, interactive lessons to students centered on work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. The experience was not only fun, but helped high school students learn the basics of skills needed to get a job!

Another experience to take advantage of would be Job Shadow Day—an opportunity for students to visit job sites and “shadow” people who are working in careers of interest. In May 2018, 65 Harborfields students shadowed over 30 mentors at locations such as Southside Hospital, Suffolk County Police, The Paramount, and more. Job Shadow Day is an important part of the district’s Work Based Learning Program. The event is coordinated by Mrs. Alison Matthews, who is also the program coordinator.

Internships are also available to graduating seniors. For example, class of 2018 student Colin Kline completed a very prestigious internship experience at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in June. This was the first time a HHS student participated in this prestigious program.

Students who are interested in developing college and career-readiness skills that bridge the gap between high school and future endeavors are encouraged to explore the Work Based Learning program!