|EMSB SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOSEN TO PILOT CAREER ORIENTATION PROGRAM|
MONTREAL, MAY 28, 2003- Following the example set by nine French secondary schools, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) plans to pilot a project which has succeeded in motivating Secondary III and IV students to complete their studies and find a career orientation that meets their interests and abilities.
The Polyglobe: Investing in Our Future project, which is administered by the Fonds Ville-Marie (FVM), will commence at John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel in September. This program, also known as programme "L’école, restez-y!" has already been implemented successfully in six French secondary schools belonging to the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), and three secondary schools of the Commission Scolaire Pointe de l’Ile (CSPL). It offers students the opportunity to participate in extensive summer internships of between 35 and 70 hours, generally spread over a two-week period. The objective of the program is not to find these students work, but rather to match them with their first contact in a career or profession that interests them. By networking with adults who help them to understand the skills and training required to gain employment in that area, it gives new meaning to completing their education. The EMSB hopes that other secondary schools in its secondary network will be able to benefit from the experiences at John F. Kennedy.
Fonds Ville-Marie (FVM), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1995. Its funding comes from the Société en commandite Stationnement de Montréal, which donates part of its revenues from parking meters to projects and initiatives serving to prepare young people for the future.
A Polyglobe supervisor will work with the school principal on a regular basis during the academic year to determine which students will participate.
"The students involved might realize that they need to be prepared for the work force in our rapidly changing economy," stated John F. Kennedy High School Principal Antonio Collannino. "They will have an opportunity to better assess what skills are most needed to be successful. I believe at-risk students are capable, and would prefer to be shown their possibilities, rather than their limitations. This project might motivate them to stay in school and obtain their required schooling for better employment and a better career."
Michael J. Cohen