Bucks Rising Seniors Engage In Workforce Program

The students from left: Dymond Tillman (Truman), Jay Carroll (Truman), Chris Sax (Conwell-Egan), Julianna Moore (Conwell-Egan), Matt Kliniewski (Conwell-Egan), Chris Seyfert -(Truman), Makenzie Reilly (Truman). Photo by Christine Harvie.

In today’s workforce, it’s never too early to gain real world experience. Seven high school seniors, four from Truman and three from Conwell-Egan, are getting that opportunity.

The Bucks Youth Workforce Programs High School Summer Mentorship Program, which annually pairs a high school student with Bucks County Community College professionals, began in July and runs for a total of four weeks. This year, the students are gaining experience in areas such as the physical plant department, janitorial work, grounds and landscaping, among others.

The program matches students the best they can to a department and mentor that best aligns with the students’ career interests.

“The mentors share their personal career pathways and show the interns that there are many routes to get to the career they want,” In-School Youth Program Coordinator Christine Harvie said in a press release. “It starts with exploring multiple careers, opening their eyes to possibilities they may never have dreamed existed for them.”

Truman Transition Coordinator Mae Fernandez said one of the most important things is the students see themselves on a college campus. Once Harvie has completed her task in the summer, Fernandez will take over the reigns and help during the beginning half of the school year.

Students who were interested in gaining work experience were invited to the Mentorship Program’s information session. Program participants were ultimately selected based on their academic merit, good behavior and attendance records.

WBCB’s Dan Wilson contributed to this post.