The Leadership Collier Foundation of the Greater Naples Chamber remains committed to work-based learning, taking steps to ensure students have the resources they need to prepare for college, career and life.
As students across the county shifted to a remote learning, the foundation also worked to transition its signature work-based learning programs to a virtual platform. Through a partnership with Collier County Public Schools, the foundation developed unique programming for students and teachers throughout Collier County. From virtual speakers to mock interviews, the foundation has continued to connect students and educators with the business community.
“Through our partnership we have been able to provide guest speakers, mock interviews, and informational interviews all virtually,” said Courtney Stahlman, the manager of high school career academies at Collier County Public Schools. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the connections of the Chamber and the dedication of our business community to help provide these opportunities to our students.”
Over the past few weeks, students got resume and workplace etiquette tips from human resource professionals, participated in mock interviews with community leaders and cultivated internships, all through virtual platforms. These opportunities are only possible because of the Chamber’s strong partnership with Collier County Public Schools and their NAF Academies.
These are unprecedented times, especially for our employers. We understand employers are making touch decisions to reduce expenses, including reducing operational hours and staffing. But as you begin to take steps to re-open, we encourage you to consider the role an intern can play in your company.
Interns can help your organization become more productive, raise office morale and provide fresh insights. This summer, we will have a large number of high school students interested in completing an internship and helping your organization bounce back.
If you are interested in hosting an intern, CCPS has received a grant through AT&T Aspire that can help fund your intern at the minimum wage rate of $8.56/hour for up to 150 hours of work!
If you are considering hiring intern(s), below are a few reminders:
Now more than ever, students need our support and encouragement to keep moving toward their future career. Thank you to our community partners for their continued support with our work-based learning initiative as we assist with the career development of students.
Don’t know how to get started? From hiring to managing an intern, we’re here to help. Contact Alex Breault firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.