Summer of Work and
Since its founding in 1993, the Summer of Work and Learning program has enabled participating students to explore careers, develop skills required for high performance work places, and help them make the connection between the academics they are required to master in high school and the futures they envision for themselves. The program blends on-the-job work experiences with resume building, career and postsecondary education planning, and a classroom component that requires a portfolio requirement.
“The Summer of Work and Learning program gives our students an opportunity to make valuable connections between academic success and future career success,” says 21st Century Learning Centers Coordinator Laurie Silva, who oversees the program. “We also emphasize the importance of writing, communication and math skills.”
The Brockton Public Schools partners with a number of local employers and service agencies to provide students with rewarding job experiences four days per week. This year, participating employers include The Office of Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, the Veterans’ Administration Hospital, TJ Maxx, Community Schools Smart Start Extended Day program, Brockton Public Library, Crescent Credit Union, Fuller Craft Museum and the Old Colony Y, among others.