February 6, 2023

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Students Awarded 100 Hour Paid Internships

Tri-County RVTHS is pleased to announce six students awarded paid internships from the Work-Based Learning Alliance in partnership with the Governor’s STEM

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Franklin, MA— January 6, 2023— Tri-County RVTHS Engineering Students participated in a 2022 STEM Week Challenge, a collaborative effort between the Mass STEM Hub and PBLWorks, which tasked students to research an in-demand STEM career that interests them and connect with professionals in those fields. The objective of the challenge was to help students understand how demand for careers changes and what types of opportunities may be available in the future. “The most valuable outcome of the STEM Week Challenge project is that our engineering students, through contacting a STEM professional, conducting an interview, creating a presentation and delivering an oral pitch, were able to develop highly transferable networking skills,” said Angela Batt, Engineering Instructor.

Sophomores Kaleigh Stenstrom of Walpole and Gavin Cataldo of Franklin won six 100-hour internships valued at $9,000 for their “hard work, impressive presentations, and polished pitches,” said Jacob Barry, Partnerships and Communication Director at the Mass STEM Hub. The internships awarded grant students 100-hour paid virtual internships available Spring or Summer of 2023. These internships are designed to help students develop real-world skills and professional connections while receiving feedback from industry experts. To select the students who would be awarded the scholarships, Engineering instructors tasked students with writing a persuasive essay describing why this opportunity was important and what they would like to gain from the experience.

The six students selected are Kaleigh Stenstrom of Walpole, Jaimin Farrington Leet of Franklin, Leonardo Oliveira of Plainville, Noah Hurley of Plainville, William Chenette of Medway, and Gavin Cataldo of Franklin. These sophomores have the opportunity to work virtually during the Spring or Summer of 2023 at a paid internship facilitated by the Work-Based Learning (WBL) Alliance. “Having the opportunity to work on an internship is a glimpse into the life of upperclassmen on co-op. I look forward to having this experience before my junior year,” commented William Chenette.

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