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Nine BCS students selected for Genesys Works internships
August 22, 2018 – Nine seniors from Brooklyn Center High School STEAM were selected to participate in the Genesys Works program. Genesys Works is a nonprofit organization that places Minnesota seniors into IT internships at corporations around the Twin Cities. BCS has participated in the program for the past eight years.
Students celebrated their placement at the annual Draft Day event on Tuesday, August 14 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Below is the list of BCS students and their internship placements:
- Blessing Jusu, Target Corporation
- Linda Moua, Target Corporation
- Ashley Ceja-Salas, Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
- Sewaa Ogbevoen, Target Corporation
- Somya Mirville, Target Corporation
- Matthew Xiong, Target Corporation
- Maria Pacheco, Target Corporation
- Pao Lor, Target Corporation
- Denise Espana Pirin, Ameriprise Financial
“Genesys Works has done an excellent job preparing students for post-secondary education and their future careers,” said BCS Get Ready coordinator Matt Kiefer. “It is remarkable how confident and prepared Genesys Works students are when it is time to apply to college and plan their futures.”
Students in Genesys Works gain real-life work experience in the informational technology field at the top companies in Minnesota. The Genesys Works program has a 95% college enrollment rate and students placed within this program are 3.5 times more likely to obtain a 4-year degree. BCS and other Genesys Works alumni have gone on to major in computer science, management information systems, and other fields of technology in college.
Applications and interviews happen during students’ junior year of high school. If selected into the program, students embark on a year-long journey that begins with an 8-week training in the summer to learn professionalism and information technology skills. After successfully completing training, students are placed into an IT internship where they will work 20 hours/week during their senior year, earning up to $12,000.
“This experience has a lasting impact in our students’ lives, which is why we continue to participate,” Kiefer said. “In addition to professionalism training, this paid internship during a student's senior year can have a positive impact on not only a student's life but the lives of their parents and communities.”