For the next ten weeks, Breanna Schlichtmann, a senior at Gladbrook-Reinbeck high school, will be interning at the Reinbeck Courier.
Breanna has an interest in writing, and believes she wants to major in journalism. "I really think this is a great opportunity," says Breanna, "I feel as if this will really help me narrow down my choice for a career. I honestly have no idea what I want to do after high school, but I do know I really enjoy writing. This internship will help me decide if I really want to pursue writing as my major, and eventually my career."
Her internship is set up through a program called Cedar Valley West and is a brand new program that helps high school students decide on their future careers. The program is spread out between four different school districts, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Aplington-Parkersburg, Dike-New Hardford, and Grundy Center schools. Cedar Valley West is giving students opportunities by placing them at ten-week internships, and also letting them have job shadow experience at careers they might be interested in.
Reinbeck Courier intern Breanna Schlichtmann.
Photo by Jessica Larsen
Sherri Walker, Coordinator of Cedar Valley West, says, "Cedar Valley West is currently serving 14 students in career internships. Before November 6th this year, I will also be placing over 50 students in job shadows. These opportunities are invaluable to our students as they begin and continue to make those important life decisions. Our students will be able to try out different careers before college, gain workplace experience, begin to build a professional network, all while learning about the quality of life our communities offer. Help us spread the word about Cedar Valley West."