Four of our rising high school juniors gained invaluable work experience this summer with local businesses through the Career Quest internship program developed by CareerEdge and United Way Suncoast. Through this paid internship opportunity, the teens were exposed to career-oriented occupations, specifically professions in high-demand sectors across Sarasota County including manufacturing and the construction trades, at CoolToday, Sterling Manufacturing, Lee Wetherington Homes and Gilbane Building Company.
The program also provided the teens with financial planning training and a matched college savings account thanks to a partnership between United Way Suncoast and SunTrust Bank.
Brynne Radcliffe is one of the teens who participated in the program as an intern with Gilbane Building Company.
“We gave Brynne a fire hose worth of information and training her first week, and she successfully absorbed the Gilbane culture, technology, jobsite atmosphere and safety requirements,” said David LaCamera, Project Executive at Gilbane Building Company.
Javier Aramayo is another teen who successfully completed an internship through Career Quest with Lee Wetherington Homes.
“Lee Wetherington Homes is an exceptional company,” said Javier. “I really enjoyed experiencing everything the company had to offer and learned a lot about the homebuilding process.”
During his internship, Javier worked on a variety of projects in numerous departments within the company.
“Javier paid attention, asked good questions and participated in discussions during his time with our organization,” said Gregg Carlson, CEO of Lee Wetherington Homes. “By the end of the summer, Javier was a very informed intern with a good understanding of what it takes to run an organization like ours.”
“Career Quest gave these Club members a unique opportunity that better prepared them for life after high school graduation,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “Thanks to the guidance of our business partners, their internship experiences empowered them to develop both technical and soft skills, gain confidence and build strong work habits.”