DUNCAN,OK (KSWO) - A new program at Duncan High School is giving students the chance to try out different careers before they graduate. More than 40 students are getting hands-on experience at local businesses. The program is called the "Pathway to Future Careers Internship Program."
Duncan students Kamryn Kimbrell and Kyndle Lindsey are interns at Elk Crossing Nursing Home.
Kimbrell wants to pursue a career in education, and knew it would be exciting to work with kids in Elk Crossings' Pre-K program.
"I help the kids with breakfast and they do their morning work which is usually coloring a piece of paper or free coloring, I help them with that. I love all those kids it really fun I enjoy it," said Kimbrell.
And Lindsey has always wanted to be a nurse, but was unsure if she wanted to be a radiologist or physical therapist. Since working one on one with residents at the nursing home she has her mind set on physical therapy.
"At nine in the morning we play kick ball for 30 minutes and then we take them all back and we get a person one by one into the therapy room and do range and motion stuff," said Lindsey.
The 42 students in the program have the choice of working for about 25 businesses including Halliburton, Duncan Regional Hospital, the District Attorney's office, Main Street Duncan, engineering companies and real estate agencies. Program instructor Lesa Hefner said it shows students what it's like get and hold a real job.
"This is the first time we ever had this and I don't place the students, the students have to create a cover letter, and a resume and then they have to interview with the business and be accepted," said Hefner.
"I think it makes you take a big step like you know the things to do and when you go to school for that you will already be a step a head of everybody," said Lindsey.
The student's supervisors also teach students soft skills in the workplace. Site Manager for Great Plains Kubota Alex Robles said this program is a win for both students and the community.
"Duncan is afforded us a lot of opportunity for Great Plains to grow and we feel it's our obligation to give back anytime we can. That's why when the school approached us and asked us to participate in this we thought it was a really good opportunity," said Robles.
The internship program ends next semester and students are evaluated on their performance. Because of the program's success they plan to do it again next year. Several students have already signed up for the spring semester.