The Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council (MEAC) in Evanston recently wrapped up its Summer iKit paid internship program. They placed 30 graduates from the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Class of 2022 in paid, 10-week internships across a broad spectrum of career pathways with local employers. Half of the graduates expressed interest in health care careers and were placed in NorthShore Health System hospitals and clinics. Several of the NorthShore interns are now applying for full-time positions at their Evanston hospital location. Four of the interns received Pharmacy Technician certificates, with three going on to further training for a career in pharmacy. One intern has been hired by Hyatt House as a Guest Services Associate.
Recognizing the value of work-based learning, ETHS has established a full-time position for a new career partnership and work-based learning coordinator. Tana Francellno, formerly MEAC’s career partnership manager, has been hired for the position and is now focused on further engagement of local employers with the school. This includes liaising with local middle schools as they prepare their students for matriculating to ETHS.
MEAC is looking forward to adding more local employers to its ranks and creating more career experiences for all ETHS students, no matter what path they choose after graduation.