Horizon students complete internship program


Students from Horizon High School, a district high school that has educated school-age parents since 1975, were given the opportunity to gain some real-world work experience in the Career-to-Work Internship Program.

Pictured are Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, Brenda Gonzalez, city employee Christina Morales, Kristina Silva, Channing Stone, Becky Porter, Horizon Program Director Karen McMahon and City Manager Nelson Fialho.

The decade-long program provides the students with a five-week internship with various city departments. In addition to gaining on-the-job skills, they participated in interview and speaking workshops from the city's Human Resources department.

Students were celebrated in a graduation ceremony March 31 at the city's Operations Services Center.

-- Emily West

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Nice-sounding program. The story inspires me to ask about results.
In the past ten years that this positive program has been running, how many of the lucky high-school-aged parents have gone through the program and how many have found gainful employment with the city or elsewhere? How many have gone onto higher education, and how are they doing now?

Love to hear some success stories.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I worked at Kaiser Permanente Pleasanton in the 90's when they had several of these students practice and learn job skills. I know many of these students went on to find gainful employment, but not sure how things are now. This was a very well-run program back then and I'm assuming it remains so. These are motivated students who realize they have another mouth to feed and bills to pay. The ones who are not motivated don't bother getting their high school diploma. If you don't get some success stories here, I encourage you to speak with the principal at Horizon.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Danbury Park
on Apr 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm

sounds like a great program... but did you read that the Mayor barely passed high school?

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