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Friday, July 21, 2017 - 3:09pm

Through a grant from National Grid, three JCC students are gaining first-hand experience this summer in their fields of study.

The $3,352 grant, administered through the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, is supporting a JCC initiative titled STEMPLOYMENT.

“JCC is grateful for the support provided by the coalition and National Grid in recognition of the importance of connecting our area’s education systems with area STEM employers,” said Nelson Garifi, executive director of academic innovation, who is overseeing the STEMPLOYMENT initiative on behalf of the college.

“By providing stipends and covering tuition and fee for summer internships, the grant extends high impact learning across the summer months, expands professional networks for our students, and introduces area STEM employers to potential employees,” Garifi added. “It also provides another opportunity for JCC faculty members to gain perspectives on workforce needs.”

Students selected for the STEMPLOYMENT internships are Eugene Clabeaux, an intern in mechanical technology at Bailey Manufacturing, Hillary Hornyak, an intern in environmental science with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, and Amber Reinschmidt-Lewis, an intern in healthcare with the Chautauqua Center.

Each student is completing a two-credit hour internship which began in June and will continue through early August. The interns have direct site supervisors within their host agencies/companies and are also required to report regularly to their faculty supervisors to assure that leaning objectives are being met. In addition, Annie Chartrand, JCC’s applied learning coordinator, visits each student’s internship site.

In addition to providing students with both paid and unpaid internships, JCC’s applied learning program offers students workplace tours, job shadowing experiences, and career mentor opportunities.

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