Career Connections

Welcome to Career Connections

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Our students' careers will begin after high school whether they choose to continue career preparation through two- and four-year colleges, trade or technical schools, apprenticeships, on-the-job training or military service or enter the workforce directly after high school.  The Wesbrook High School Career Connections initiative aims to provide students with opportunities to apply academic learning through workplace experiences and help them focus on realistic career choices and preparation for those future careers.  

Westbrook High School invites parents, industry, business and community partners to assist the school in building the talent pipeline and preparing students for their future careers.   Scroll down for a list of our current partners.

Leslie Carson

Career/College Readiness Coordinator

lcarson@westbrookctschools.org  

860.399.6214

 

 

Announcing the Career Pathways of Westbrook High School

Every Westbrook High School graduate will seek a career beyond high school.  Some may exit high school to further their education and training at a two- or four-year college or university before entering a career.  Some may choose to exit high school and enter a trade school to further their education.  Others will further their education through apprenticeships or the military, and some may choose to exit high school and go directly into a sustainable career where they will experience on-the-job training.  The Career Pathways Program is an extension of the school's Career Connections and is designed to enhance student school experiences and career preparation no matter which exit strategy they choose.  For more information about the Career Pathways Program, please visit the Career Pathways webpage.  Click here to learn more.   

Newsworthy

  • Students Learn About Careers in Municipal and State Government

    Westbrook High School again partnered with Junior Achievement to host a career industry panel focused on Municipal and State Government.  Students learned about the joys and challenges of working as a public servant as well as learning a bit about the variety paths some of Connecticut's elected and appointed public servants have taken to reach their current positions in state and local government.  A common highlight was that each and every one of the panelists began as volunteers and/or advocates in their local communities.  Panelists described multiple volunteer opportunities to get connected and encouraged students to become active in local government even if it meant simply attending public meetings.    

    Expert panelists include:

    Senator Norm Needleman

    Westbrook First Selectman John Hall

    Westbrook Town Planner Peter Gillespie

    City of Hartford Chief Operation Officer Thea Montanez

    New Haven Ward 19 Alder Kim Edwards

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  • Advanced Technologies Industry Panel Featuring The Lee Company IMH Group

    Westbrook HS partnered with Junior Achievement to host an Advanced Technologies industry panel featuring The Lee Company IMH group.  Mr. Paul Zemienieski, vice-president in charge of the Industrial Micro Hydraulics (IMH) group, was joined by Mr. Eric Zeidler, Lead Control Engineer,  Mr. Zemienieski and Mr. Zeidler explained the variety of career options available at The Lee Company, including jobs that required engineering degrees and jobs that required little to no experience in manufacturing.  Students learned The Lee Company hires mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, industrial engineers and even employees with business degrees who understand shipping and receiving.  For entry-level employees with no manufacturing experience, The Lee Company offers on-the-job training.  Students also learned about four traits that are important for successful manufacturing employees:  dependability, good workplace attendance, willingness to learn, and ability and willingness to collaborate and work with others.  Students also learned that to stand out in a job interview, they need to conduct themselves in a professional manner and be prepared to talk about any technical skills they have.  Mr. Zemienieski encouraged students and their parents to schedule an appointment to visit the IMH group to see for themselves what the world of advanced manufacturing looks like.  The panel discussion ended with Mr. Zemienieski and Mr. Zeidler giving students final advice for future success:  

    Mr. Zemieniski:  "Be confident and take chances."

    Mr. Zeider:  "Ask questions, take notes, keep moving forward."

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Westbrook High School Career Connections Framework

  Career Connections experiences are aligned to the three components of the Westbrook High School Career Connections Framework:

1.  Alignment of Classroom and Workplace Learning.  Industry and higher education partners assist teachers in integrating employability skills and All Aspects of An Industry into academic learning activities through:

  • Teacher externships
  • Assistance from industry professionals in development of project-based learning and curriculum.

2. Support from Classroom or Workplace Mentors.  Industry and high education partners visit classrooms so students can begin early to build a professional network and learn from experts in career fields through:

  • Senior project industry mentors and judges
  • Science Fair industry mentors
  • Classroom guest speakers
  • Facilitated industry-specific panel discussions for students (and parents) focused on learning about occupations within the industry, education requirements, jobs outlook and efforts  students should take while in high school to prepare for career success

3. Application of Academic, Technical and Employability Skills in the Work Setting.  Students explore industries and careers through:

  • Credit-bearing internships for Grade 12
  • Half-day structured job shadowing for Grades 9 through 11
  • Industry-led workshops on creating quality resumes and successful interviewing
  • Class field trips

 

THANK YOU BUSINESS, INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The Westbrook High School students, parents and staff would like to thank for the following business, industry and community partners for supporting the Career Connections initiative.   These partners are providing leadership and advise on implementation in addition to opportunities for our students to participate in a large variety of Career Connections activities.  

Aerospace Components Manufacturers

Alta Vision Systems LLC

American Red Cross

AT&T

Back Stage Dance Center LLC

Bausch Advanced Technologies

Beach Club Fitness

Bushy Hill Nature Center

Andrew Calderoni, retired engineer

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Central Area Health Education Center, Inc.

Civil Air Patrol

CT Clinical Research

CT Department of Labor, Manufacturing Apprenticeships

CT River Area Health District

CT Students for a Dream

Dignity Home Care and Care Management Solutions

Essex Asset Advisors

Essex Meadows

Essex Savings Bank

Eversource

Fly the Whale

The Full Circle Real Estate Group

Goodwin University Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab (Manufacturing in Motion)

Ivoryton Alliance

Julie's Cup of Joe

Junior Achievement

Key Bank, Old Saybrook Branch Office

Elizabeth Kressley, M.D.

Lincoln Technical Institute

Mazzotta Employment 

Middlesex Chamber of Commerce

Middlesex Community Foundation

Middlesex Health Hospital and Shoreline Clinic

MSE Public Relations

OceanArt Studio

Old Saybrook High School

Oxford Academy

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers

Proctor Architects LLC

Project Courage LLC

Radiall USA

Region #4, Valley Regional High School

Reynolds' Subaru

Safety Matters LLC

SARAH Inc.

Six Summit Gallery

Soroptomist International

The Hartford

The Lee Company

Valley Shore Community Television

Valley Shore YMCA

Water's Edge Resort and Spa

Webster Bank

Westbrook Democrat Town Committee

Westbrook Economic Action Initiative

Westbrook Honda

Westbrook Inn

Westbrook Public Library

Westbrook Republican Town Committee

Westbrook Youth and Family

Whelen Engineering

Workforce Alliance

WTNH

Yale New Haven Health