Baldwin High School Students in School-to-Career Program Off to an Excellent Start
The 2021 Virtual Breakfast Showcases Achievements and Hands-on Learning Experiences
Baldwin High School recently hosted their “School to Career” breakfast. The annual event recognizes students’ experiences in the Academic Academies—Fine & Performing Arts, Education, STEM/Engineering, Global Business & Entrepreneurship, Government/Law, Medical & Health Sciences, and New Media—as well as other programs offered by the district that focus on college, career, and life readiness. Specifically, students and administration highlight the opportunities earned through the district’s partnerships with various medical centers, public entities, colleges and universities, including Northwell Health, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, Adelphi University, and Molloy College. The companies and foundations who help make these innovative initiatives possible attended the event to learn about the students’ progress. Over the past 20 years, the district has established numerous school-to-career partnerships, resulting in shadow days, internships, career fairs, leadership summits, competitions, and mentorships, to help ensure students graduate from high school “future-ready.”
Though the event took place virtually, the students were able to share their achievements from the past year, touch upon what they have learned thus far through the Academic Academies program and interact with businesses from across Long Island right from the Virtual Enterprise room at the high school. The event was live streamed to the district’s community partners as well as the high school business classes.
Dr. Shari Camhi, superintendent of schools, and Dr. Neil Testa, principal of Baldwin High School, opened the event with some of the extraordinary accomplishments that came out of 2021: students from the Government & Law Academy winning the Northwell Health Medical Marvels Competition and taking part in the Gun Violence Prevention Forum this past fall; Junior Achievement naming Global Business & Entrepreneurship Academy student, Chloe Cruz, “Student Ambassador;” the Education Academy launching the Teacher Assistant Program with Brookside Elementary School, to name a few.
Baldwin High School graduate, Kourtney Bobb, formerly of the Medical & Health Science Academy and now a pre-med student at Dartmouth College, returned to her alma mater to share how the School to Career program helped prepare her for her future in medicine. Additionally, the New Media Academy presented a special episode of their new show, "What's Bruin?" to highlight their production and interview skills.
The event culminated with a special Q&A session, in which a student representative from each academy posed a question about college and career planning to the district’s community partners. As a result, students received on-the-spot professional advice from the CEOs of companies, owners of local businesses, legal representatives, politicians, medical professionals, and college educators.
The 2021 School to Career Breakfast proved to be just as successful and impactful, if not more, as it has been in previous years despite the remote setting, thanks to the student presentations and the assistance of Baldwin UFSD administration and community partners.