Programs offer job shadowing, internships to help students succeed after high school
MAPLE PARK – Those who believe college is the only path to success probably weren’t among the crowd that toured the Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC) on Nov. 7 as part of a 50th anniversary celebration.
FVCC provides high quality career, vocational and technical training programs to equip students with the technical, academic and personal skills required to enter the workforce and post-secondary programs and be successful. Internships, job shadowing, field trips and guest speakers are all possibilities with the program offerings, which work in partnership with area businesses and industries.
“For the kids that take the class and do the work, their future is pretty good and they don’t have to take out student loans, and a lot of companies are doing reimbursement for college tuition,” said Clay Hansen, an electrical systems and automotive technology instructor at the FVCC. “They are getting college credits in almost all of our FVCC classes and we’ve been getting kids employed with jobs that pay very well. And I’m talking about jobs that pay better right out of high school than a first-year teacher and they don’t have to take out $100,000 in student loans.”