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Local High School Senior Honored


UVBEP highlighted program successes at its Annual Celebration on May 21. One of four program participants honored was senior Paul O’Connell from Oxbow High School for his accomplishments in the TIPS Program. TIPS, Training Interns and Partnering for Success, is a student internship program developed to connect high school students with employers and real job opportunities.

Paul interned at Oxbow High School with mentor Brian Emerson to learn more about the field of teaching. Paul demonstrated organization and strong follow-through skills in his participation of the course. Internship Coordinator, Erin Sykes stated: “I think what made Paul unique was his hunger to know more. He is very interested in every aspect of history. There is no question in my mind that he will exceed expectations in understanding and ability. He went beyond what he was shown by creating his own variations for students that he thought would keep them more engaged.” Paul was able to keep his commitment to TIPS while maintaining academic excellence in his senior year. It was with great pleasure that UVBEP honored this enthusiastic student.

TIPS is offered to local high schools through a collaboration between the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP) and Navicate. Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Department of Labor, UVBEP is piloting TIPS at two schools from November 2007 - August 2008. As with other established UVBEP programs, participating schools and communities need to provide matching funding for TIPS or other programs to continue. Read more or contact UVBEP for details.

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