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Worcester Tech’s work-study intern program effective

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 26, 2018

(April 27, 2018) For the last two years, high school students have participated in Worcester Technical High School’s criminal justice program, which places teenagers in work-study programs and local internships throughout the county.

“Students receive both hands-on and work-based experiences,” said Michael Levy, criminal justice and homeland security teacher at Worcester Technical High School. “They realize the relevance of their education and apply learned knowledge and skills. It increases their self-confidence and connections with adult role models.”

For students who meet academic and background check requirements, the experience with these criminal justice organizations provides a connection between the curriculum of study and applying what they have learned in a real-world environment.

Students who participate in these programs are also more likely to move onto post-secondary education or their careers after graduating from high school, Worcester Technical High School Principal Caroline Bloxom said.

A number of students have participated in work-study programs and internships at the Maryland State Police and Ocean City Police Department, where they have been hired to work as a public safety aide or police dispatcher for the summer.

Under the homeland security science and geographic information systems realm, students have received training at Worcester County Emergency Services, Ocean City Office of Emergency Management, and the Worcester County States Attorney’s Office.

These programs help students pursue their careers as police officers, attorneys, or work in homeland security.

“I commend students for pursuing careers in public safety,” said Board of Education member Douglas Dryden.

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