Bulkeley High School Kicks off Junior Apprentice Program

Bulkeley High School Kicks off Junior Apprentice Program

Jr. Apprentice founder and executive director, Lauren Silverstein, as well as one of the program's sponsors pose alongside part of the first cohort of Jr. Apprentices.

Recently, over 60 people came together at Bulkeley High School to kickoff the Jr. Apprentice program. Jr. Apprentice, a program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, promotes career readiness among local teens. Fifteen juniors at Bulkeley High School were selected to become “Jr. Apprentices”. These students take a weekly career readiness class and then are matched with a local employer in a 3-month hands-on work experience. Leaders in several industries, including business/entrepreneurship, healthcare, financial services, technology and education/youth development, have applied to be professional-mentors and host a Bulkeley student at their workplace. Through Jr. Apprentice, teens have the opportunity to “try out” different careers, gain technical skills and knowledge, receive career mentorship and learn more about what career might be a good fit.

At the recent kickoff event, the Jr. Apprentices, their families, the professional-mentors and community supporters celebrated the 2013-2014 student and mentor cohorts. Principal Greene welcomed the group, and after a brief introduction by Director Lauren Silverstein, all students spoke about why they applied to Jr. Apprentice. Then, professional-mentor (and Bulkeley alum!) John Pedraza of State Farm explained why he applied to host an apprentice. All community supporters were also recognized at this event. Joey Garlic’s and Bulkeley staff generously provided hors d’oeuvres, pizzas, and baked goods.

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Justin Taylor

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