Internship on the Career Path for High Schoolers

By Tom Bacon

A handful of Spokane public school students may get a head start in their post-high school career choices under a pilot program created by a couple of Washington state agencies.

The program is called Career Readiness for a Working Washington, and the point is to match students with internships, industry mentors and other work-based introductions at Spokane-area businesses. And several teachers in the area will learn more next summer about how the subjects they teach apply to real-life work settings.

The Spokane pilot project will be launched by the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council and Lisa White, the school district's career training director. White said the initial funding from the state will be used to hire a navigator, a person who will match students with potential employers. Randy Dorn, the state superintendent of public instruction, said the idea is to give students another path for success.

The state Employment Security Agency is contributing 100-thousand dollars to launch the career program in Spokane and four other districts across the state, and Dorn's office is adding another 150-thousand dollars.
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