Young Professionals Academy
Letter of Introduction
The Young Professionals’ Academy of the Dublin City Schools offers a semester program to college bound juniors and seniors from Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, and Dublin Scioto High Schools. This program is designed to enable students to explore careers, develop leadership skills, and learn state-of-the-art technology through authentic hands-on learning and shadowing with professionals in Dublin and Columbus area hospitals, laboratories, businesses, and schools. It also allows companies to get a glimpse into the wants, values, and technology skills of this generation.
All students met a deadline when submitting their application to our program, participated in a panel interview, and had their grades and attendance records reviewed prior to their acceptance into the YPA program. While enrolled in the YPA program, students are instructed in career research and preparation, communication skills, problem solving, teamwork, and the soft skills many companies are seeking in their employees. Students are then place at a worksite based upon their career interests and aptitude. Throughout these educational partnership students may experiences a plethora of job activities in various departments, often interacting with several different employees, or work solely with one individual.
- Six-week non-paid educational partnership/shadowing experience.
- Student will present mentor with BIB background check, emergency forms, and release of liability forms prior to starting their educational partnership.
- Student discusses their learning goals with mentor during initial interview.
- Mentors share individual and company expectations and opportunities with the student.
- Mentor and student develop a schedule of two to four time periods per week for 6 - 10 hours per week for a total of 50 - 60 hours. There is flexibility during this educational learning experience as the quality of the partnership and student's learning is of utmost importance.
- Mentors or company representative are asked to sign a daily time sheet.
This is an educational and non-paid learning opportunity; therefore, students are not considered employees in respect to worker’s compensation or other fair labor laws as they are earning academic credits during this learning experience. The educational partnership may be extended for another six weeks based upon mutual agreement between mentor and student.
As a sponsoring company you offer the opportunity for our future leaders to better define their life’s ambition through this real-life, hands-on learning experience. It is my hope that we can work together to provide a relevant experience for one of our YPA students that is mutually beneficial to all parties.
Please feel free to contact me at 718.8335 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you for your time and consideration in joining the Dublin City Schools’ Young Professionals’ Academy.