The North Country Workplace Education Program
NCWEP is a collaborative high school internship initiative involving three high schools, Littleton, Profile, and Lisbon, and over 50 local businesses. This internship program allows high schools to enhance their educational curriculum by offering students relevant real-life workplace experiences, opportunities to gain new skills, and build mentorships and career networks. Local employers are able to familiarize students with their business operations, explore local talent for possible future college internships, and/or employment, and support the schools and the community. It’s a winning strategy that brings the world of work to students in meaningful and engaging ways while serving the diverse goals of its educational, corporate, and economic development partners.
The NCWEP is supported by the Grafton County Economic Development Council, The NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the NH Department of Education. The program brings the world of work to students in meaningful and engaging ways.
…apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom while learning about local employment opportunities and careers. Plus, they are able to begin building their professional network.
…gain early exposure to local talent and help support the community.
…know their children are gaining real-life career skills, and building mentorships and networks that will help them with long-term career and employment goals.
How the Program Works
- Applying for an internship similar to signing up for a class.
- Guidance will direct the student to the school coordinator who will work with the student to find an internship that meets his/ her skills, interests and possible career path.
- School coordinators meet with businesses to find a workplace that is a good fit for the student.
- Assessment criteria is established and shared with the student and site supervisor.
- Work site approval is gained from the NH Department of Labor.
- Parent permission is obtained via the policy set forth by the participating school.
- A student learning plan and reflection journal process are developed.
- Students write a letter of interest, create a resumé, and have an interview at the work site.
- Transportation is the responsibility of the student and their parents, and must follow the guidelines set forth by the school.