DID YOU KNOW?
….HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS can learn pre-employment skills, participate in an internship with a local business and earn high school credit gaining summer or after school employment.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The TIPS program was developed by Linking Learning to Life (LLL) in Burlington Vermont in 2004. LLL partnered with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream to train students for jobs in their scoop shops. Since that time, the program has expanded to include many schools throughout Vermont and many businesses. Rutland joined the program in the Spring of 2008. Since that time, we have worked with over 120 students in Rutland County.
Practical learning activities are used by instructors to prepare students for work while encouraging them to explore their individual abilities and interests. The TIPS coordinator follows up with students to match them with employers to offer meaningful internships. Such internships provide real work experiences that go outside the boundaries of the conventional classroom.
EXAMPLES OF ACQUIRED SKILLS
Practical skills – Work terminology – Work climate – Business and Industry Protocol and so much more!!
Students apply their academic skills to the workplace. Importantly, they are exposed to career opportunities within their community, building a network that can benefit them and our Rutland County businesses as they progress in their chosen field.
There is a seamless transition from quality intern to productive full time employee. The unpaid portion of the internship enables the employer to assess each student’s fit within the business before making a hiring commitment. This program provides access to the next generation.
Many of these students have retained a relationship with the company they interned with, returning to work during college vacations!
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
Contact Peg Gibbud-Pintello – RutlandRegionWIB@gmail.com