The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES School to Careers Program celebrated students who participated in the Regional Program for Excellence (RPE) summer session during a Recognition Ceremony on Sept. 9.
RPE offers selected high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore career options through a summer or school year internship of 72-75 hours. The summer session began in July and ran for five weeks, with students generally spending half-days with mentors.
RPE staff designed an individual program for each participant to meet their unique interests and needs. The RPE experience helps students make more focused academic and career plans - saving time and money at the college level.
During the ceremony, 30 local students who participated in RPE this past summer presented about the knowledge and experience they gained through their internships. Several students created table displays showcasing the careers they explored and businesses they interned at, while others chose to give prepared speeches about their summer RPE involvement. Through the internships, students from OHM BOCES component districts and students from outside of the OHM BOCES service area were able to gain first-hand experience in a variety of career fields including healthcare, veterinary medicine, marketing, engineering, graphic design, education and business law.