Two of St. Johnsbury's leading organizations, St. Johnsbury Academy and WEIDMANN Electrical Technology, Inc. are partnering on a student internship program, as a result of senior Nathan Perry's Capstone research project this spring semester.
Perry, from St. Johnsbury, proposed a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STeM) internship program between the Academy and WEIDMANN as the focus of his Capstone. Following a presentation to management staff at WEIDMANN, the establishment of the program was formally approved.
Each Academy senior is required to complete a Capstone course as an opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability to meet Academy standards as a culmination of all their previous course work and a springboard into their post-secondary careers.
"Across the country, educators are trying to find authentic ways to ease the transition from school to work, especially in STeM fields; once again, WEIDMANN has stepped forward as a leader in providing these opportunities for our students," said Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett. "Their commitment paves the way for other opportunities in other fields in the future."
"I'm very excited about this partnership for our students and for our STeM program. The type of authentic work projects that WEIDMANN is looking to offer to our students is rarely found in high-school intern or job-shadow programs," said Jeff Burroughs, assistant headmaster for academics at St. Johnsbury Academy.
"The management group at WEIDMANN strongly supports the STeM program at the Academy and looks forward to a long relationship," said Michael Franchek, vice president of technology and innovation at WEIDMANN. "WEIDMANN sees this as a means to advance students interested in the technical areas of study. We hope that, together, we establish a pipeline for future technical resource needs at our facility in St. Johnsbury and possibly other locations in the United States and maybe eventually around the world."