Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Intern Partnerships Help Students and Employers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Intern Partnerships Help Students and Employers

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In the June 11 Forum commentary "Still Flunking After All These Years," Rachel Amankulor related the alarming findings of PennCAN's recent report "Opportunities Lost: The Urgent Need to Improve Pittsburgh's Schools." The report describes a city whose future prosperity depends on a highly skilled workforce but whose young people are largely excluded from that future by a dearth of educational opportunities.

The problems besetting Pittsburgh's educational system are not particular to the region, but one important solution might be: Pittsburgh's history of unusually robust partnership across public and private sectors. This asset equips Pittsburgh to take advantage of a partnership model that has been implemented fruitfully in hundreds of U.S. high schools: a program in which students spend one day a week interning at a company or nonprofit, learning real-world workplace skills and cultivating relationships with community decision-makers. …

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