CASE STUDY

Fresno Unified School District Summer Career Externships

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With so many questions and barriers swirling around in-person learning, we needed a scalable solution for CTE Student Learning Options for Summer of 2021. Experience managed the entire summer series from start to finish including all of the staffing which took all the burden off our staff. We were so impressed with how quickly they could connect with and engage our students - we are excited to expand their program into 2022 and beyond.

Michelle Mar, Fresno Unified School District Career and Technical Education Manager

1. The Problem

Fresno Unified School Districts CTE team wanted to provide additional work based learning opportunities during the Summer with industry partners preparing students for the workforce.

  • Fresno’s CTE team already has many Summer & Annual projects in their CTE clusters and wanted to expand opportunities for their students without adding extra burden to their staff.

2. The Ask

Development of a 4 week Summer career camp series built with industry for 1000 students which was fully staffed and managed outside of their CTE team.

  • Required SEL and Workforce ready data and outcomes to track student progress and present to their leadership board.
  • Wanted an organization to fully manage and coordinate all marketing, promotion, enrollment and program operations.

3. The Solution

Our team worked closely to provide 20 hour Externships in Cybersecurity, Technology, Game Development and Entrepreneurship built with industry partners including Facebook & Microsoft Xbox that addressed workforce readiness through professional focused SEL + character building.

  • Each field of study had relevant industry partnership and professionals guiding students through the challenges and providing networking and mentorship opportunities.

Outcomes & Exposure

Fresno students found the Summer series fun and highly engaging with 97% stating they would recommend the program to a friend. Fresno’s CTE team was able to utilize the SEL and workforce skills data to present student progress & outcomes to leadership, securing funding for the following year’s program.

  • Students were highly engaged and found the experience life changing (97% would recommend it to their friends, 95% chose the pathway afterwards, and 97% said this helped them network with future employers.)
  • 100% of companies and talent signed up to join the next series of Externships and support work based learning throughout the school year.

Future Outlook

“Our Summer career series have been built into the annual budget for next year's Career Summer series and will continue to grow the industry partners, supportive ecosystem and the scale of progress helping Fresno students join the workforce.”

Meet Our Industry Insiders

Belinda De La Libertad - Cybersecurity

Co Founder and Chief Product Officer OppJar and A-Z TECHS

Alan Diekfuss - Game Development

Art Director Undead Labs/Microsoft

Cynthia Rubios - Start Up

Co-Founder Radiant RFID

Dang Vu - Tech Fundamentals

Co-Founder eKadence

Kyle Dulay - Tech Fundamentals

Co-Founder - Collabstr

Outcomes

AUDIT DATA

97%

Would Recommend Externship to a friend

95%

Made Them Want to Choose Cybersecurity as a Pathway in School and Beyond

97%

Said they now have a Better Understanding of How to Reach Their Career Goals

95%

Said the Externship Helped Them Network With Potential Future Employers

96%

Helped Enhance Collaboration and Teamwork Skills

It's more interesting than I thought it was. And I'm glad I got to experience it with so many different people. I loved it, it was so much fun!

Christen D.

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I really liked this program, it was very life-changing for me.

Miseok K.

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All the industry speakers I think that was something I took the most out of. They were straight up with you ... it was nice that they didn't sugar coat it.

Ivan A.

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My overall experience was really good, I thought at first that it would be really boring, but when I jumped in, it was really fun and you learn a lot.

Paty A.

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Connecting with industry people everyday was something out of the normal, you don't connect with industry people everyday. It was nice to see so many faces from around the globe, with different experiences, different backgrounds, it was really good.

Akeeme B.

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I learned a lot of key practices and ideologies that are really applicable towards life, not just cybersecurity.

Krish P.

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The industry speakers were very helpful because they talk about their job and they talk about how they got there. That's not something you can just google.

Miseok K.

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I learned how to be successful in cybersecurity. Even though I'm a girl, I learned I can still do it.

Paty A.

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The people you're bringing in is amazing, the information you're giving is really good and the challenges are amazing too. So just know you guys are making a difference, at least in my life.

Ivan A.

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My overall experience was 10/10. It was definitely a very good externship experience, and I learned a lot about cybersecurity. I learned the essentials of how to be successful with all the industry speakers, it really helped me a lot to understand some of the things that they go through.

Akeeme B.

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I really wish we had more time as I'd love to learn more. More cybersecurity and even other topics in such an energetic, engaging, and vibrant enviroment. It was just amazing.

Krish P.

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I think I learned a lot of skills that will help me in the future, like working in teams. Normally I like working alone but this program helped me work with other people.

Paty A.

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The challenges was very well made. It really reflected the real-life situation.

Miseok K.

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