Youth Apprenticeship Program officials recently spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Jamestown.
The Youth Apprenticeship Program at Jamestown High School has been operating since 1994. Its primary mission is to connect students with industry so students can learn on the job, improve their skills and trade experience and investigate career options.
Junior and senior high school students are given the opportunity to work six hours per week from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at local businesses. There are 14 students in the program in 2011-12. Companies participating in the program include manufacturing, not-for-profit organizations, health care and business services providers.
Students are given the opportunity to enhance their teamwork, time management, problem solving, resource management, communication and critical thinking skills.
Some of the ways Rotary Club members can become involved include becoming a mentor, providing apprenticeship/internship opportunities, allowing job shadowing, being a career day speaker, creating scholarship programs and participating in mock interviews.
Dave Munella, Jamestown High School business department chair, and Kim Sutter, business teacher and Youth Apprenticeship Program coordinator, presented the information.
For more information on YAP, visit jamestownpublicschools.org.