Hard to imagine, isn’t it? While today’s students have many options for their future, one thing is clear — all of these jobs require students to have the right knowledge, skills, and experience to perform the job.
Getting you ready for success in college and on the job is our priority. The Greater Springfield CareerConnectED Consortium is committed to providing you with hands-on, real-world experiences, and access to the latest technology and learning spaces.
We know that each student has different strengths, hobbies, and aspirations. We want to personalize your learning experience, and will work with you to identify your interests and explore college and career options . We will then connect you with the right classes, internship and mentorship opportunities, and college preparation and career-training experiences to develop your technical, creative, and life-readiness skills.
There are so many options to choose from, and it can be hard to know how to get started. That's where we can help!
What do you love to do? What are you passionate about? Music, sports, the arts, or technology? Whatever you’re into, we can help connect your interests and passions with the right classes, internships, mentorships, and college preparation and career-training experiences. We will use the latest college and career planning tools, like Naviance and CampusReady™, to help you explore your options and get you started.
We know that students learn best by making and doing. The new CareerConnectED Center is a 21st century interactive learning and creative space. This Makerspace will include a digital learning lab and YOUmedia teen area—places for you and your friends to hang out, mess around, and geek out. In these spaces, you can get hands-on experience with technology, design, music, gaming, and more.
Once you’ve explored your interests and tried a few things out, it’s time to dive into the real world. Whether you’re planning to go to college or get a job after high school, it’s never too early to start thinking about your career. Job shadowing, internships, and mentorships are great ways to get real experience, develop new skills, and meet new people.
Today’s job market is competitive, and the more you can do to set yourself apart from others gives you an advantage. Internships and mentorships provide you with real experience at real jobs with real employers. There’s no better way to learn new skills, make important contacts, and "test drive" a potential career.
Through the Greater Springfield CareerConnectED Consortium, students have incredible internship, mentorship, and job shadowing opportunities with area employers and partners.
Assurant, Clark County Humane Society, Konecranes, McGregor Metalworking Companies, Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, Springfield City School District, and the Springfield Regional Medical Center…and we’re always adding more!
Job readiness training: All internship applicants are required to complete 10 hours of job readiness training to learn the skills necessary to apply for and work as an intern.
Resume and interview preparation: Don’t have a resume or know where to start? No worries. We’ll work with you to create a resume and prepare you for the interview process. We’ll also help match up your interests and skills with internship opportunities that are right for you.
Orientation and certification: Once selected into the program, interns will participate in a week-long orientation program to provide additional training and the opportunity to earn certifications in Customer Service, Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA), and ACT WorkKeys® (a test and certification of the level of academic achievement related to job readiness).