Why do I have to learn this? This question is asked by many students across the country. Northview High School has the answer to this question. NHS offers a paid ICE internship program for senior students interested in learning real workplace skills. Participation in the internship allows students to answer the question "Why do I have to learn this?" ICE students discover that classroom concepts and skills are the basis of being successful on the job.
ICE, Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education, is a planned, managed partnership between NHS, students, business community and parents. Students participating in the internship are paid by the business, assigned a mentor on the job, earn school credits, and have an educational plan to document learning outcomes. The internship reinforces the development of academic and technical skills and allows students to experience their career path of interest.
"ICE enables students to 'try-on' a career, set goals and learn workplace skills. Students participating in the internship learn the importance of good attendance and maintaining a positive attitude," said Penny Groover, ICE coordinator.
Kerrie Woodcock, store manager, said "The ICE Program has benefited Pac Sun by enabling me to train and promote Kelsey, ICE student, to Senior Sales manager."
Tyler Fisher, branch manager of Terre Haute Savings Bank, said, "ICE is a wonderful program that allows students to find out more about themselves as well as the career fields they have interest in. Most students in high school have misconceptions about what goes on in the workplace after high school. This program provides a great opportunity for them to find out what really goes on in the workplace and also helps students become more confident in the career paths they decide to take in the future."
Susan Treash, guidance counselor at NHS, said "What a great experience and introduction into the working world. Students have the opportunity to work, get paid, and earn school credits while learning valuable work ethics."
"The ICE program allows our students to gain valuable experience and knowledge, earn high school credits, and earn money all at the same time. It is a great opportunity. The skills learned in this program provide the basis for success in the students' future's aid Don Harrison, NHS guidance counselor.
Michael Gallion, is interning at Finish Line in Terre Haute. Michael said "ICE has allowed me the opportunity to know the importance of being a team player at Finish Line. Also, because of the corporate partnership between DECA and Finish Line, I received a $1,000 scholarship that's really going to help with college expenses."
"The ICE program has taught me how to fill-out a job application properly, how to interview for a job, how to be a responsible young adult and I was able to earn school credits at the same time," said Elizabeth Spidel. Elizabeth is interning at Baskin-Robbins
Megan Robinson is interning at Hale's Little Angles in Harmony. "The internship has really opened my eyes to the requirements of the workforce. I have learned so many new things and met a lot of memorable people," said Megan Robinson.
Senior Brittney Tucker, secretary at Knust Excavating, said, "Being in the ICE program has helped me manage my time more wisely. It has made me a more responsible person. The class has helped students find a career that is right for them."
Kelsey Glassburn said, "The ICE program has helped me reach my goal to become a store manager at Pac Sun. I am a more responsible person and I have developed excellent time management skills."
Christin Sciotto said "By working with Dr. Linda Colter, I have learned how to be responsible and how to work well with other employees and patients."
"Wal-Mart has taught me customer service skills and how to keep customers happy. I have really become a 'people' person'," said ICE senior, Katie Timberman.
"By working at Terre Haute Savings Bank, I have learned financial responsibility," said Kelsy Sciotto.
Maria Lunsford said, "Working for the YMCA's after school program has helped me choose my career goal as an elementary teacher."
While the main goal of the ICE program is student education, there are benefits to participating employers. Employers benefit by having access to achievement-oriented students, reducing employee turnover, improving customer service, saving money on training cost, building goodwill with teens and the community, and having direct teacher support.