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PHS Students Explore Career Opportunities

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PHS Students Explore Career Opportunities
Posted on 03/31/2016
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Portland High School students will be participating in a series of events this spring to expose them to a wide variety of career opportunities available in Maine and help prepare them for postsecondary education and the workforce.

These events, known as Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs), will include job shadowing and business tours and practice job interviews by professionals from a range of local businesses. “These types of ELOs benefit students both personally, in terms of learning and self-esteem, and professionally, in terms of exposure to potential careers,” said Eric Moynihan, Portland High School’s JMG Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator.

JMG stands for Jobs for Maine's Graduates, a statewide, private nonprofit that works within Maine's public schools to help students reach their fullest potential. JMG provides students with the skills and resources they need to graduate from high school ready to succeed in postsecondary education and careers.

One way JMG fulfills its mission is with the aid of its business and community partners, who engage in such activities as visiting classrooms, hosting field trips, serving on business advisory committees and volunteering at student events, to help to expose students to career opportunities in this state.

“Portland High School’s inner-city location is a huge benefit in the development of solid relationships with local businesses and community organizations,” said Moynihan, noting that a PHS motto is: “The City Is Our Campus.”

Business partners play a key role in the following upcoming events for PHS students:

• Practice Job Interviews: On Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1, all 200 PHS freshmen will be interviewed by 50 professionals from JMG’s business and community partners. The partners represented will include Unum; LearningWorks; Hannaford; Kaplan University; the Portland Public Schools; the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service; the Portland Museum of Art; and Casco Bay Artisans. The interviews will focus on the students' ability to promote their assets and strengths and will include a review of their newly created resumes.

• Job Shadows/Business Tours: On Tuesday, April 12, all 200 PHS sophomores will be participating in job shadows / business tours for the day at 48 JMG business and community partners in the city. Among those participating will be the city of Portland (participants will include Mayor Ethan Strimling, City Manager Jon Jennings, and the city fire and police departments); Mercy Hospital; Martin's Point Health Care; U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree; Intermed; the Portland Symphony Orchestra; ACLU of Maine; Goodwill Industries; the Portland Public Library; the Maine Historical Society; Hilton Garden Inn, the YMCA; The Telling Room; Colby Company Engineering; Casco Bay Engineering; Kepware Technologies; Tyler Technologies; Hannaford; Whole Foods; the Bernstein Shur law firm; the Portland Public Schools; and Maine Today Media. The partners will share career stories, pathways, education and experience and expose the students to work and projects underway at the business or community organization.

• Internship Presentation: On Tuesday, May 31, PHS senior Moses Small, who is interning at the Portland Symphony Orchestra, will do his final presentation in the PHS Ford Auditorium in front of his classmates and guests. Moses’ presentation will be “The History of Drumming,” and will involve a video presentation and live accompaniments from PSO members as he narrates his project. The presentation is but one of many that will occur in the spring as the required culminating event to the 25 internships underway at PHS.

About JMG: JMG is a statewide, private nonprofit working to engage students in their education. JMG provides 5,500 students a year with the skills and experience they will need to succeed in high school, post- secondary education, and careers. JMG graduates become engaged members of their communities, productive adults in the workforce and contributors to Maine's economy. For more information, visit www.jmg.org.