Sentinel Vocational Apprenticeship Training, Inc. (SVATI) Announces Young Adult Innovative Internship Program
Today SVATI will launch a new career-focused mentoring program for young adults and high school students. The program, called College and Career Readiness Advantage (CCRA), will connect participants to professional mentors who work in a range of competitive occupations. The CCRA program will focus on providing students with career exploration, interpersonal skills training, and goal-setting support and internship opportunities. Approximately 40 students will participate in the program.
“This new program will engage our students in a creative way, and provide them with opportunities for real on-the-ground job experience. This program also supports our strategic goals by engaging students through interesting opportunities and preparing them for college and career. We are very excited to see this program emerge.”
The CCRA Program is vital to ensuring that the business community partner with college and pre-college educational institutions in order to enable students to explore career options as early as possible. This exposure will enable our students to get the best education possible, and begin preparation to compete in the new economy that is emerging in our communities. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to learn the skills they need to participate fully in a twenty-first century economy, and contribute to their community.
The CCRA Program consists of weekly professional development sessions, guided email correspondence with mentors and a career-focused final project. The CCRA program will connect our students with meaningful experiences, strong mentors and skills that they can use for future employment. Hopefully, upon completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to obtain summer employment through paid internships at their assigned mentor agency. Current program partners include Avanti & Associates Insurance Company, Power Master Electrical Contracting, The Inquirer Publishing Co., Benchmark Title Company, Bozeman & Trott Law Firm, Carol McCrea, CPA, and MFB Mechanical. Commitments from companies in broadcast journalism, and health care services are pending.
The CCRA Program design is based on best practices identified in successful community based organizations (CBO)-school partnerships. SVATI will immediately dialogue with educational institutions, including school district administrators, to discuss how CCRA program can be integrated in their educational programs. These discussions will also inform the development of an equitable student application process. We are encouraged by the high level of interest in the CCRA by community leaders, and are very optimistic that the program will engender increased student and professional educator confidence.