COS internship programs heads into third year

(Rigo Moran)

Jumpstart Internship Program at College of the Sequoias offers three programs for Kings and Tulare County students, looks to help students develop skills for future careers

VISALIA – College of the Sequoias is proud to announce the third year of the Jumpstart Internship Program, a series of internship programs designed to equip students from Kings and Tulare Counties with the necessary skills and experience to thrive in the workforce. With a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, these programs aim to offer students the opportunity to gain valuable practical knowledge in their chosen fields.

The 2024 Jumpstart Internship Program began on June 10 with distinct program offerings tailored to the specific industries of Ag and Industrial Technology at the Hanford Campus and Tulare Annex, Healthcare at the Visalia Campus, Mechanized Ag at the Tulare Campus and Police and Administration of Justice at the Hanford Campus. The program hopes that students in these programs will benefit from a curriculum that combines classroom instruction with real-world experience. The program hopes that this approach allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge in practical settings and provide them with a competitive edge in their future careers.

As part of the program, students will participate in a culminating showcase experience on June 28, where they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired skills. Additionally, the program includes weekly field trips that aims to further enrich the students’ understanding of their chosen fields.

The Jumpstart Internship Program also provides students with comprehensive training in areas such as effective communication, teamwork and problem-solving. This focus on developing essential soft skills ensures that students are not only technically proficient but also well-prepared to excel in professional environments.

As a part of the program, students will receive certificates in relevant areas to enhance their resumes. The certificates offered include CPR for Healthcare and Police and Administration of Justice programs, OSHA 10 for the Mechanized Ag and Ag and Industrial Technology programs and Stop the Bleed for Healthcare program. These certificates will serve as credentials that showcase the students’ dedication to their chosen fields.

To ensure equal access and participation, transportation will be provided to any student in need of assistance. College of the Sequoias believes that transportation should not be a barrier to educational opportunities and they hope this provision reaffirms the institution’s commitment to inclusivity and student success.

The Jumpstart Internship Program is made possible through the financial support of the Tulare County Workforce Investment Board, the James G. Boswell Foundation, Tulare County Foundation for Ag Education and Youth and Southern California Edison. Additionally, multiple other local businesses, organizations and agencies facilitate tours and invest in the students.

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