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Students Gain Work Experience through Opportunity Internship Program


Photo: Yarenni Mendoza
Yarenni Mendoza works as an analyst testing water quality, pH, color, conductivity and more at Addy Lab, a Vancouver area water testing lab.

Yarenni's story: From Water Quality to Dentristy

Yarenni Mendoza was placed at Addy Lab at the end of her senior year of high school at Fort Vancouver High School. She worked in June and July 2011 as part of the Opportunity Internship Program.

Yarenni did a variety of work, including testing water quality for: pH, color, conductivity, total solids, hardness, turbidity and anions.

She compared water quality between the City of Vancouver and the City of Portland. She learned many things, including where water comes from and how water is distributed to homes. She also has a better understanding of water treatment processes and regulations. She is now enrolled at Seattle Pacific University pursuing a degree in dentristy.

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Participating Schools:
A sampling of high schools from around the state with participating OIP students in the spring/summer of 2012.

Oak Harbor, Sedro-Woolley, Bellingham, Squalicum, Mount Vernon, Stanwood, Concrete, Mt. Baker, Burlington-Edison, Meridan, Ferndale, Anacortes, State Street

South Kitsap, Explorer Academy, Discovery, Bremerton, Renaissance, Olympic, Klahowya, North Mason and Pace Program, Peninsula, Port Townsend, Chimacum, Forks, Forks Alternative High School, Lincoln, Port Angeles, Insight OnLine High School - Statewide

Medical Lake, On Track Academy, Three Springs, North Central, The Community School, New Tech Skills Center, Central Valley, East Valley

Camas, Evergreen, Heritage, Union, Fort Vancouver, Hudson's Bay, Kelso, Mark Morris, R.A. Long

Photo: Yevgeniy and Maksym

Yevgeniy and Maksym learned to disassemble and recycle electronics at Empower Up, a reuse & recycling center in Vancouver.

Yevgeniy & Maksym: The Value of Hands-On Work

Yevgeniy and Maksym learned to disassemble and properly recycle electronics and their components while at Empower Up. They completed their Opportunity Internship during October 2010, while they were students at Fort Vancouver High School.

Yevgeniy learned about computer parts, computer programs and the responsibility that comes along with being expected to be at work every day on time. He enjoyed the hands-on work and meeting new people.

Maksym learned the value of teamwork and how to follow directions, as well as gaining much more hands-on computer knowledge. Maksym has since graduated and is now pursuing a computer programming career at Clark College.





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