Press-Republican

Business

June 6, 2013

Students gain hands-on experience on the job

PLATTSBURGH — Responsibility, professionalism, leadership, teamwork and safety are all skills that students learn while participating in the Work Experience Program.

Open to any student in Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties, the newly established nonprofit establishes a link between area organizations and students interested in interning with them. The participants gain work experience while volunteering, program President Lance Falcon said.

Peru High School student Dustin Eyer, an intern at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, has the hands-on opportunity to help with the preservation of the cars, which includes cleaning and checking the oil and tire pressure.

Eyer, whose orientation there allowed him to sit inside and simulate starting and driving a Model T Ford, said he is looking forward to working with and being around the older cars. 

He will also be responsible for doing research about the vehicles, said Dick Soper, the exhibit manager.

“I grew up working in the garage with my dad,” Eyer said. “Older cars are a little bit different; still a lot to learn about them.”

About 10 students from Peru Central School are expected to learn through volunteering at the Transportation Museum.

WORK-ORIENTED

Currently, the Work Experience Program is working with students from Peru Central.

“I was quite amazed at the professionalism they showed,” Falcon said of the students who participated in the program during the 2012-13 school year.

The idea for the program came to Falcon, a bus driver for Peru Central School, as he did blacksmith demonstrations at the Babbie Rural and Farm Museum in Peru. There, he created an orientation program for students who were interested in gaining necessary skills to work at a museum.

Students have also interned at the War of 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh.

“We set up programs that are educational, work-oriented and hands-on experiences,” he said.

Opportunities for students aren’t limited to museums, however, and Falcon welcomes inquiries from other organizations and businesses that would like to get involved.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
Colin Read's Column

Business Spotlight
Peter Hagar's Farm Column

Farm Briefs
Videos: Business News
High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech High-flying Tech Stocks a Concern for Investors "Heartbleed" Bug Puts Internet Security at Risk AP Tech Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Toyota Recalls 1.8M Vehicles in the US Comcast Executive: 'Merger Not a Problem' Microsoft Ends Support for Windows XP Study: Airline Industry Complaints Drop in 2013 Study: Airline Industry Complaints Drop in 2013 Employers Add 192K Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Pct Senators Press Barra About GM's Delay in Recall More Americans See Middle Class Status Slipping GM CEO Faces House Hearing on Recall NHTSA: GM Should 'Fix Vehicles Quickly' GM's CEO Testifies on Faulty Ignition Switches Owner, Families Share Cobalt Stories Jury Selection Begins in Apple-Samsung Case