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Career Exploration Internships Help Students Choose Career Path
Friday, June 05, 2015
Two seniors have a better vision for their future after completing a work-based learning internship designed for exploring careers at Adirondack Studios in Argyle.
Adirondack Studios is a creative force in the scenic design, entertainment design, fabrication & interactive environment industries. Located in a building that once manufactured catheters in Washington County, the company filled with state-of-the art craftspeople who produce projects in four primary areas: theatrical, museums, theme parks and real property, such as casinos and grocery stores. Many of their projects are held in confidence with their clients and students sign an agreement of confidentiality before beginning their internship.
Alexandra Prevost and Matthew LaChepelle, both seniors at Argyle High School, gave a PowerPoint presentation at Adirondack Studios summarizing their more than 50-hour internship to their art teacher, Rick Fleury, Argyle School Superintendent Jan Jehring, Adirondack Studios’ Chief Operating Officer Joel Krasnove and Salesman/Internship Mentor Maurice O'Connell, and WSWHE BOCES Work-Based Learning Coordinator Bruce Hoffmann.
When the students began their internship at Adirondack Studios, they were given the same safety orientation that all new employees receive. Then, the students rotated through each department following the same path a project would as it evolves from the original concept to fabricated reality. Adirondack Studios offers creative and technical design, carpentry, metal, paint, electrics, soft goods, fiberglass, sculpting, project management, along with logistics, accounting, purchasing and sales.
After exploring all the careers available, Alexandra decided to pursue a career in the business field and will attend SUNY Adirondack in the fall.
Originally, Matthew was skeptical that there would be work for him as an artist and wasn’t going to pursue a degree in art. However, during his internship he was exposed to myriad avenues of where his art could take him and felt more confident in pursuing art as a career path. He will attend Pratt Institute in the fall to earn a degree in fine arts.
Argyle, North Warren, Glens Falls, Fort Ann, Ft Edward, and Whitehall School Districts participate in enrolling students in the Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP.) The CEIP offers students an unpaid hands-on work experience that focuses on exploration rather than skills development. In addition to the work experience, the program is supported by related-classroom instruction. For a career exploration internship, call 746-3445.
In the photo, from left: Argyle School Superintendent Jan Jehring, WSWHE BOCES Work-Based Learning Coordinator Bruce Hoffmann, Salesman/Internship Mentor Maurice O'Connell, Alexandra Prevost, Matthew LaChepelle, Rick Fleury, Argyle School Superintendent and Adirondack Studios’ Chief Operating Officer Joel Krasnove.