Landmark's Internship Program Featured in Utah Alternative Education Association News

Scott Carson
Bruce Atkinson LHS Intern at Clegg Automotive

Last year, Landmark High School increased efforts to develop opportunities for students to be involved in internships through the school. Eric Aroca was hired as the Workplace Skills teacher/transition specialist.

The success of the program far exceeded our expectations in the first year. Thirty-six students were placed into internships. Fifteen of these were paid internships, eleven students were offered regular positions at their workplace. A couple of these organizations actually offered to pay for the additional schooling and training that students needed to further advance at their companies! We are expecting these great results to continue this year.

To what do we accredit this success? Firstly, the foresight of Principal Lynn Mecham, which led to writing a grant proposal targeting this area. Secondly, Eric Aroca showed great enthusiasm and professionalism as he combed the community businesses for viable partners that were willing to work with our students. Thirdly, an effective partnership with the Department of Workforce Services provided funding and training. Lastly, we have a fantastic pool of students to draw from.

Business partners include: Absolute Air, Alta Legal, Ameriture Realty, Klos Guitars, Best Tugs, Love's Truck Stop, Clegg's Auto, and others.