Congratulations C.I.T.Y. Program Graduates
The Conejo Valley Unified School District is a proud partner of the Community Internships Training Youth (C.I.T.Y.) Program. This program provides internship opportunities to students who have just completed their junior year of high school. Students selected for the program also participate in a series of job and life skills classes at California Lutheran University where they tackle important topics like financial skills/life planning and interview best practices.
Today a special celebration was held to recognize the 44 students and the dozens of business partners that took part in the Program.
Throughout the six or eight week long internship opportunity students develop real world experience in a field of interest to them.
“We see this as a real value to the community,” said Dr. Mark McLaughlin, Superintendent of Conejo Valley Unified School District. “[The] business owners in the community that stepped up and took an intern this year, we really do appreciate your teaching and mentorship, and the help you give and provide to our students.”
Conejo Valley Unified School District proudly added four student interns to its offices this summer. Students from Thousand Oaks High School, and Newbury Park High School held internships in the District’s Planning and Facilities Department, Human Resources Department, Fiscal Department and Technology Department.
Suha Hussain, a Senior at Newbury Park High School, and intern of the District’s Planning and Facilities Department hopes to one day be a civil engineer with a focus on environmental sustainability. This summer she learned the importance of communication while project planning.
“I loved being able to see the transition from the planning aspects of projects to the manifestation of those ideas,” Hussain said. “It was great to be able to read many of the plans and drawings for the large scale projects and see them in paper form before they turn into reality.”
Sarah Laufenberg, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, and intern of the District’s Human Resources Department, has dreams to one day serve in the California State Legislature. “I learned how to be more efficient and organized,” Laufenberg said of her experience. She used new software in her role, and performed important duties like helping to facilitate a job performance examination.
Daniel Xu, a senior at Newbury Park High School has always been curious about the technology CVUSD utilizes and purchases for students. He accepted an internship opportunity with the District’s Technology Department with the desire to learn more about networking, understanding the roles of IT, and the individual components of hardware like PCs, and monitors. Daniel’s future dream job is to be an electrical or software engineer.
“This internship encouraged me to further pursue STEM at Newbury Park High School and beyond,” said Xu. “I’ve gained a better understanding of the technology in the work field that I will not forget.”
The Conejo Valley Unified School District thanks the 2018 Program Partners: City of Thousand Oaks, Conejo Youth Employment Service, California Lutheran University, Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Ventura County Office of Education. Thank you to all of the 2018 Business Partners for creating such valuable internship experiences for our students.