DOWNINGTOWN, PA — The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) and the Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) announced the launch of an internship program for students in the Computer Information Systems (CIS)-Networking Program. The program provides TCHS students with hands-on career readiness opportunities, enabling them to follow Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards that include abilities and aptitudes, personal interests, internships and technical support roles.
The internship program offers TCHS students a chance to work alongside CCIU staff, providing them with a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience in the computer information systems and networking field. Students are given the option to work with network infrastructure equipment and systems, applying their knowledge of TestOut, a lab simulation software used to help people earn certifications in the technology industry, to real-world situations. This experience has been extremely beneficial to the students, as Andrew Boyer, a student at Downingtown Area School District and TCHS Brandywine explains, “This internship has enhanced how I have learned in the classroom. TestOut is mainly a simulation environment, but here we get hands-on experience with all the machinery and get to actually see our information systems applied in the real world.”
Jessica Sahl, assistant director of Innovative Educational Services at the CCIU, expressed her satisfaction with the partnership, saying, “I am so happy we were able to provide a hands-on learning experience to students and offer them career readiness opportunities. The experience was rewarding for the students and the CCIU staff that worked with them.”
Frank McKnight, principal at TCHS Brandywine, also commented on the internship program, stating, “A highlight of a rigorous career and technical education program is the opportunity for students to engage in industry-based work experiences. Through the partnership with TCHS and Innovative Educational Services, our students in the CIS program were able to apply their knowledge and what they have learned in class in a real-world setting. It was an outstanding experience for the students to grow and gain confidence. The CCIU and TCHS are thrilled to continue providing students with hands-on experience in the computer information systems and networking field through this internship program.”
The CCIU is dedicated to providing its students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the workforce. Through this internship program, students are given a unique opportunity to apply their education in the real world, preparing them for a successful career in the field of computer information systems.
For more information about the CCIU and TCHS Computer Information Systems-Networking Program, please contact the CCIU at 484-237-5000 or visit www.cciu.org.
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