Pilot Internship Program Offered
Farmington High School Offered Pilot Internship Program during the 2019 Summer
This summer Farmington High School made a step towards a Latin Honor System by facilitating summer internship opportunities for incoming juniors and seniors. Nearly 50 Farmington High School students interned with a variety of employers including First State Community Bank, St. Francis Physicians Associates, Parkland Health Center, Farmington Sports and Rehab, Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital, Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area, Hearing Care Partners, Mineral Area College, Dr. Rodney Rhodes, Dr. James Shaner, Dr. Bill Ogborn, Dr. Danielle West, Dr. Guy Roberts, Dr. Joe Cangelosi, St. Francois County Prosecutor’s Office, Farmington R-7 School District, Parkland Health Mart, Geotechnology, Washington University, Barnes Hospital, and the Farmington Historical Society. Dr. Brian Reeves coordinated the internship program and said, “We are so appreciative to the businesses who participated and for the support of the Farmington Regional Chamber in getting our pilot program off to a great start.” To participate in the program, students applied, provided two references, developed resumes and cover letters, plus completed confidentiality, liability, and transportation waivers. The goal of the program was to provide students with the exposure not only to a particular career but also to the requirements of the work force with an emphasis on employability soft skills including appropriate dress, manners, and punctuality. “Workforce development is part of our mission so helping with soft skills training and employment connections was a natural fit for the Farmington Regional Chamber.” said Candy Hente, Director of Member Engagement and Business Development.
Farmington High School is transitioning from recognizing students at graduation from traditional class rank to an ancient method of honoring students called the Latin Honor System. The Latin Honor Systems is modeled on what universities began during the medieval period and continue through this day, honoring students who achieved a certain GPA standard with the highest award being Summa Cum Laude, followed by Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. However, scholarship is only one of the criteria for honors for the new system. The other three criterion include a 90% average school attendance over four years of high school, 100 hours of community service over a student’s high school career, and a thirty-hour work internship. The purpose of this program is to cultivate a well-rounded student. Students will find purpose in giving back to their community, learn the importance of attendance, and explore career opportunities.
Farmington High School hopes to expand the program is looking for both will students and willing community business partners. If you are interested in participating, please contact the program director, Brian Reeves, at (573) 701-1310 ext 2174 or Farmington High School principal, Dr. Jamie Lamonds, at (573) 701-1310. For more information, please see the following links: