Baldwin High School Students in School-to-Career Programs Off to a Strong Start
Baldwin High School recently hosted the “School to Career” breakfast to highlight the experiences that students have had so far in their Academic Academies—Education, STEM/Engineering, Global Business, Government/Law, Medical/Health Sciences, and New Media—as well as other programs in the district that students become college, career, and life ready. The companies and foundations who help make these innovative initiatives possible attended the event to learn about the students’ progress.
“Without these partnerships, our students would not have these invaluable, real world, work-based experiences,” said Dr. Candice Brodie, assistant principal, who oversees the academy program. “These experiences are grooming our leaders of tomorrow.”
Students discussed their positive experiences with each challenge and competition in front of their peers, representatives from each partnering company or foundation, as well as the superintendent of schools, Dr. Shari L. Camhi, the Baldwin UFSD Board of Education, and Nassau County Legislator, Debra Mulé.
Northwell Health SPARK! Challenges
The Northwell Health’s unique SPARK! Challenge program provides students with an opportunity to explore the 6000 career opportunities that exist within its network. Students quickly learn that a healthcare system is not just for medical-related jobs. Students from all six academies have already participated in a number of SPARK! Challenges. From the Medical Office SPARK! Challenge, where students saw firsthand how a medical office operates, to the Dietary and Nutrition SPARK! Challenge, which demonstrates every aspect of food preparation and presentation, students learn from a wide variety of experts and extensively about various career paths.
Adelphi Apprentice Challenge
Students from the Global Business Academy participated in the Apprentice Challenge at Adelphi University. 240 students from 28 different schools were broken into mixed teams to compete in a marketing challenge for Adventureland. Of the six teams that advanced to the final round, five Baldwin High School students were members of three of these teams. The winning team included a Baldwin High School student, who received a plaque and two tickets to Adventureland.
Emerging Business Leaders Competition
The Emerging Business Leaders competition challenges students to use their business acumen to solve real world, current issues and present their solution in a persuasive manner. Two of the Baldwin High School teams won third place in “Retail Marketing and Public Relations” for their clever use of social media and communications.
Nassau County Court Houses
Students visited the Nassau County Court Houses’ criminal and civil divisions, where they sat in on a double murder trial and were lead into the holding cells. Not only did they learn valuable lessons about how the court systems work and what it takes to work in the court system, they saw the various types of jibs the system has to offer beyond attorneys.
Other Programs and Competitions
Other programs and competitions mentioned included the Virtual Enterprise Trade Show, which takes place in January, Molloy College Business Bootcamp, Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP), the Junior Achievements Heroes National Grid Shadow Program, High School Mentoring Program, the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce art contest, as well as the Sanitation II Recycling Program for students in the Lifeskills program.
“None of these programs would be successful if it wasn’t for our students’ innate interest in these fields and incredible work ethic,” said Dr. Brodie.
The next School-to-Career event to highlight more of these students’ achievements will take place on May 22.
Cindy Petrizzo talked about her positive experience with the Northwell Health Dietary and Nutrition SPARK! Challenge.
Debra Mulé speaking with Dr. Candice Brodie, who oversees the academic academies.
Partners from various companies and foundations, who help make many of these programs possible through competitions and internships, attended the breakfast.
Left to right: Ginny Foley from the Chamber of Commerce presented Bryan Charlemagne, Gabriel Calazan, and Meyghan Figueroa certificates for designing the winning flyers in the Chamber's art contest.