Nacogdoches High School students were earning while learning this summer while working for NISD.
The Career & Technical Education Department at NHS was awarded a grant from Texas Education Agency that paid interns from NHS for a six-week period. The grant also provided students with the opportunity to take Business Information Management I and Principles of Audio/Video Technology courses during the summer. Both courses are required for graduation, and the grant provided tuition free enrollment this summer.
Additionally, the district was able to use part of the grant to upgrade the technology in CTE computer labs.
“This was a great experience for our students and for NHS,” said Jacob Lusk, Director of Career & Technical Education Department. “This grant provided a lot of bang for the buck.”
Eleven NHS students filled internship roles within the district in Communications, Student Nutrition, Plant Services, and Teaching and Learning departments. An additional 22 students took the required CTE technology courses over the summer.
Student interns got a chance to work in chosen career fields, earning academic credit and a stipend. They also spent a few hours a week in a classroom setting where they focused on soft skills – better known as professional skills needed for the workplace, such as presentation, conflict resolution, interview practice, résumé building and customer service.