More than 40 Garden Grove Unified School District students are engaging in a powerful summer internship experience through Orange County United Way’sYouth Career Connections program, which combines work-based learning with career experiences in a wide-range of professional industries. The internship program is a capstone course for incoming seniors enrolled in GGUSD’s high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Pathways.
“The Career Connections program aligns perfectly with our district’s mission of preparing students for lifelong success,” said Lan Nguyen, GGUSD Board of Education vice president. “A career internship is an invaluable opportunity for students to explore their interests and sharpen their skills in a way that’s just not possible in a classroom setting.”
Orange County United Way maximizes its relationships with local business leaders to provide GGUSD’s Career and Technical Education students with internship opportunities, as well as college scholarships, a bus pass, and workshops that help students gain workplace skills frequently used in a professional setting. The Orange County Department of Education Career Technical education partnership also helps secure industry partners and provides course content.