What is it?

Career Connection is a program that links students, learning and the workplace. The goal is to provide young people with the opportunity to begin real career exploration during their high school years. Educators, businesses and parents work together to expand career specific learning for our students. Connecting Winters Mill students to the community workforce is also a tool for businesses to help develop and educate their own future workforce.

As an Academy School, we welcome our business community for their expertise, professionalism, and involvement in our on-going programs. Businesses provide our students with the most up to date information about the career field. Recent trends and new approaches, which a traditional classroom is unable to provide, make our business partners invaluable.      

Career Connection Programs include: mock interviews, job shadowing, internships, and guest speaking. To get involved with Career Connections, contact Bobbi Hollingsworth at 410-386-1500 or by email rlholli@carrollk12.org.

 

Informational links

Intern Requirements

Concurrent Enrollment

Resume Writing

Parent Info – FAQ

Placement Test Info

Career Exploration

Process- How to intern

Mock Interview day

Dress Professionally

Career Major/Completers

College Search

Intern papers

 

Internship Program Requirements

Students must have:

  • Senior status
  • Grade point average of 2.5 or greater
  • Excellent attendance (94% or greater)
  • Completed ALL 75 service learning hours
  • Maintained appropriate behavior
  • Their own transportation
  • Completed coursework that matches the intern placement (see completer/career majors list

If you or your child have all of the program requirements and would like to discuss participating in an internship, contact Ms. Totten.

 

Parent Information – FAQ

Internships

1) What are the requirements for entry into a Career Connection activity?

The basic requirements are that students must have:

  • Senior status;
  • 2.5 GPA;
  • 94% Attendance rate;
  • Completed all 75 service hours;
  • Completed HSA requirements.

The internship should be an extension of the courses the student has taken.
 

2) How many credits is an internship worth?

 A student can earn up to 2 credits in an internship during a semester. Credit earned is based on time completed at the site (1/2 credit = 66 hours).
 

3) When do I participate in the internship?

 Either Fall or Spring semester, and possibly even during the summer. In place of a class period, the student will report to the work site.
 

4) How are the internships found?

 The Career Coordinator and the student will work together to find a possible location. Career Coordinators will make a site visit to the possible locations to evaluate and begin the necessary paperwork.
 

5) What are the advantages of participating in an internship?

  • Colleges are looking for the student with different experiences. It will set you apart.
  • Develop and refine workplace skills.
  • Allow you to apply what you have learned in class.
  • Exposure to professional role models.
  • Eliminate or validate: An internship will assist greatly in determining if this is, or is not, what you want to do in the future.
     

6) I attend the Career and Tech Center. Can I participate in an internship?

Yes, students at the Tech Center should contact the Career Coordinator and/or their instructor at the Tech Center.
 

7) I am interested; what should I do?

Make an appointment to see the Career Coordinator with your ideas. All paperwork must be completed TWO WEEKS before the internship semester begins.
      
 

Process for interning

Internship Guidelines

Eligibility

  • Students must have achieved senior status.
  • 2.5 G.P.A.
  • 94% attendance
  • All graduation requirements scheduled.
  • Service Learning Completed
  • Students must complete 4 credits in their senior year. 
  • Students must receive 2 credits to be involved in extra curricular activities.
  • Complete the formal application process.
     

Credits

  • Internships may count for a maximum of 2 credits. (1/2 credit for every 66 hours.  A 9 week course is actually 67.5 hours)
  • Internships may be used for up to 2 Academy credits. 
  • Internships are graded on the normal scale of A through F.
     

Process

  • Student expresses interest
  • Student completes an application packet
  • Career Coordinator verifies eligibility
  • Career Coordinator finds possible sites and makes an evaluation visit.
  • Student sets up and holds interview with employer (w/ Career Coordinator)
  • Paperwork Meeting with employer
    • Student Learner Agreement
    • Parent Request for Participation
    • Consent & Release Form (photograph, video, etc release)
    • Transportation
    • Rules & Regulations
    • Safety Regulations
    • Set training plan
  • Internship begins
  • On-site visits by Career Coordinator for student assessment
  • Student complete assignments. (Work hours chart & Weekly journal entries)
  • Final evaluation completed by the employer.

 

Career Exploration

www.bls.gov
US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Great site to research the future trends and requirements of specific careers.

www.workbaltimore.net
Good site for searching for summer jobs or post high school jobs and it's local!

www.quintcareers.com/student.html
There is a lot to explore on this site! It provides students with job hunting tools and career tools. Also provides information on job preparedness: i.e. resumes, portfolios, dress.

www.monster.com
This website is for job seekers and employers. For WMHS students it is a teaching website that provides tools that get you prepared for a career after high school.

www.engineer.net
If you are in the STEM academy and want to become an engineer, check out this site and look at what the industry is requiring.

 Career Education Resources/Assessment Tools
Online self-assessment of interests, abilities and values. 

Mapping Your Future
You can click on “match my career interests” and the Hollands types will come up.  Click on the type that you received on the inventory and a list of careers matching your interests comes up.  Click on one of the careers and the details of that career come up.

My Next Move
This site provides an interest inventory to connect students' interests, aptitude, and personality to possible careers. It provides information on education, training, and job outlook.   

 

College Search

www.princetonreview.com

www.careernet.com

www.collegeboard.com

www.collegenet.com

www.gocollege.com

www.fastweb.com

 

Mock Interviews

Each year our entire junior class participates in mock job interviews. During the spring semester, juniors are presented lessons during advisory to help them prepare resumes, complete job applications, and update their portfolios. Over 30 local business and college professionals spend the morning interviewing and providing feedback to help Winters Mill students better prepare for future interviews.
 

 2015-2016 Mock Interview day will be April 28, 2016, 7:45 am. to 11:00 am.

 

Placement Test Info
 

 http://www.carrollcc.edu/services/testing/placement/default.asp 

AND 

 

Carroll Community College uses a placement test called Accuplacer, which is a College board product. Below is general information about the test. The following link that students should use to prepare for the Accuplacer is on the Collegeboard website below:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/accuplacer-tests.html
 

Preparing for College Placement Tests


English

Placement into English classes is based on a writing sample, reading ability, and improving sentences, grammar and editing.  Typing is permitted, but spell-check and grammar-check are not allowed. English professors review essays and place students into courses based on grammar, punctuation, organization, and development of ideas.  This is a two part test:

1.      Essay - During the testing period, students have 45 minutes to write an essay based on a choice of prompts. The link below will provide more detailed descriptions as well as writing samples and how they were scored

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/essay/pracStart.html

2.      Sentence Structure - This section is multiple choice and untimed. It reviews basic sentence construction.

 http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/sent_errors/pracStart.html

 http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/improv_sent/pracStart.html



Math

Placement into math classes is determined by the score received on the un-timed, computerized math test. The test begins with 16 algebra questions. Depending on individual skill levels, students may also be challenged by a 12-question basic math or college-level math test. The college provides a calculator.

The math test is computer-adapted. It begins with algebra and becomes harder if students return correct answers and easier if students return wrong answers. Math department faculty recommends that testers take the placement test seriously. Click on the following link to practice math problems in the test format:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/multi_choice/pracStart.html


Reading

The reading placement test is an un-timed reading comprehension test. The reading placement test may indicate a need for improvement of reading comprehension or vocabulary building skills. All General Education courses require students to be reading at the college level.  Students can prepare by following the link below on the Collegeboard website:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/prep_one/passage_based/pracStart.html



Who to contact at Carroll Community College:

Admissions, Advising & Counseling  – No appointment necessary. Drop in with questions about the Admission process, test results, course scheduling, etc. Call 410.386.8430 or drop in:

Mon-Thurs – 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

Friday – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Testing Center – contact them to schedule a placement test at 410.386.8450

 

Resume Writing

http://www.auburn.edu/career/tipsheets/Tip%20Sheet%20Resume%20Writing.pdf

The is the link that will be used for Resume Writing for “Junior Mock Interview”.  It contains the format that students should follow.  This site is a comprehensive site with lots of information on how and what information should be included in a resume.

http://www.myfuture.com/toolbox/createresume_all.html#examples
This website actually gives students a template to fill in personal information. Each section of the website is explained in detail describing its purpose on the resume. Great resource.

http://www.adventuresineducation.org/HighSchool/Jobs/SampleResumes/index.cfm
AIE website provides templates, career exploration, and even college planning. There is a variety of topics covered, but this is a great site to use when preparing for Mock Interviews.

http://jobsearch.about.com/library/samples/blhsresume.htm
Great site specifically geared towards high school students. The resume samples will get you steered in the right direction for the Mock Interviews. If you are serious about a summer job, you may also want to check out the Cover Letter section.

http://www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes.html

http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/resumewriting/a/firstresume.htm

 

Dress Professionally

http://www.black-collegian.com/career/dress2002-1st.shtml
Great website to learn various strategies in preparing for a job AND has great literature on Dressing for Success. It’s vital to dress the part for an interview!

http://www.quintcareers.com/dress_for_success.html
How do you dress for an Interview? This site is full of information and is a good guide to use when prepping for the Mock Interviews.

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/a/dressforsuccess.htm
This website covers everything a student needs to prepare for Mock Interviews. Professional Dress for women and men is covered in detail. The site also provides interview questions.

 

Career Major/Completers

Accounting   Actuarial Science
Administrative Services   Advertising
Allied Health Careers   Animal & Veterinary Science
Auto Service Technology   Biomedical Science
Building Maintenance   Business Administration & Management
Carpentry   Cisco Networking Academy
Collision Repair Technology   Computer Science & Systems Analysis
Computer Technology   Cosmetology
Culinary Arts   Diversified Occupations
Drafting   Drama
Early Childhood Education   Economics
Electrical Construction   Emergency Services Technology
Engineering Technology   Environmental Health
Family & Consumer Studies   Financial Services
Floral Design   Food & Nutrition Science
Food Service & Hospitality Management   Graphic Communications
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning   Heavy Equipment & Truck Technology
History   Horticulture
Hospitality & Tourism   Human Resources Management
Humanities & Classical Studies   Industrial & Product Design
Information Systems Management   International Business
International Studies   Landscaping Design & Construction
Law & Legal Services   Library & Media
Life Science   Manufacturing & Machine Technologies
Marketing   Masonry
Mass Communications   Mathematics
Media Communications Technology   Music Performance
Operations Management   Physical Science
Print Production   Public Relations
Social Science   Social Work
Sports & Recreation   Teacher Academy of Maryland
Textiles & Fashion Careers   Urban & Regional Planning
Video Production   Visual Fine Arts
Welding Technology    Wildlife & Natural Resources

           

Intern Papers

Internship Recommendation Form
Internship Application

Time card

Any students who are identified from the placement test as needing remediation will not be allowed to participate in concurrent enrollment.


Other requirements that need to be met for permission to be released for concurrent enrollment:

  • Student’s Winters Mill schedule must include the 4 credits (senior year minimum)

 

How to Take College Classes While at Winters Mill

  • At course selection time, complete an interest form.
  • Attend an informational meeting with the Career Coordinator. At this meeting a student will be given details on what is involved in the process.
  • Go home, discuss the program with your parents, and decide if you are really interested in continuing the process. Let the Career Coordinator know of your decision.
  • Set up a time to take the college placement test. SAT scores may be used (see attached for information). Any student who scores at college level course work may continue to seek enrollment.
  • Attend the First Advising Session with the college to get the test results and look at college courses option.
  • Bring the test results to the career coordinator and set up a meeting with a school counselor.
  • Meet with a school counselor to review the student’s WMHS schedule, and to obtain the CCPS Release Time paperwork to enroll at the college.
  • Enroll in college classes. Bring the signed Release Time paper back to the counselor so the WMHS schedule can be adjusted.

 

Auburn University Career Center Resume Writing Tips