TVHS I-Term 2017 Career exploration & Career exposure

I-Term gives students the opportunity to explore their interests and gain experiential learning in careers. More than 50 businesses, organizations and professionals were involved in this year's program.

I-term is undertaken by all TVHS students. It’s a hands-on opportunity designed to foster direct workplace interaction between students and professionals to give students a realistic understanding of an industry or field of study. It starts freshman year and scaffolds to build in complexity over four years.

  • Year 1: What is my passion and how do people pursue their passions and make it part of their lives?
  • Year 2: How can I translate the things I'm passionate about into a career that makes me happy?
  • Year 3: What is my career interest and what do I need to know to prepare me for the workplace?
  • Year 4: How do I practice my interest in a field so that I am ready to pursue a 21st century career?

Senior Project

Seniors have the highest level of career exposure. They chose their own internship sites and work alongside professionals for two weeks.

"This is real work, not shadowing. The work they do is representative of what they would do in that career field.” - TVHS Principal James Niedermeier

From their experiences, students have to create artifacts to represent their work. For example, senior Jannat Begum of Hudson completed her I-Term at Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes. She developed inventory and temperature control methods for medications that are sensitive to environmental changes. She was responsible for more than $18,000 in medications.

Seniors are now creating portfolios that must include a research paper, a work log and a written reflection of their I-Term experience since freshman year. Seniors will present their work in March to a panel of their peers, faculty and business professionals.

VIDEO: Seniors reflect on I-Term opportunities

"I'm two-weeks ahead of kids my age who won't have this experience." - Senior Cameron Smith of Wynantskill

Juniors: Extreme Exposure

Juniors spend a week interacting with professionals at a variety of locations, including Albany Medical Center, EYP, WMHT, 1st Playable Productions and Unity House. They could also choose to make their own contacts and organize an internship themselves. Some of the sites students chose include the Johnson Space Center in Texas and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod.

Junior Nick Miller did his I-Term at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Ben Tacy of Schodack, left, with Chris Wisdom of CS Arch, a design firm in Albany that provides architecture, engineering, construction management, and energy services to PK-12 schools, colleges and universities, corporate, civic, and institutional clients.

Sarah Drexler of Cairo Durham, left, Bennett Plowman of Brittonkill, center, and Lynsey Handlowich of Germantown at WMHT.

"We wanted to send a large 'thank you' for sharing your passionate students with us at WMHT. They were thoughtful, professional, excitable (yet not inappropriately so), able to pivot and work on things that may not have been their preference, and excellent guests." - Jenn Baumstein, WMHT

Hailey Halse of Menands, right, with Amanda Kirk of 1st Playable Productions, a gaming in education company in Troy.

"Ninety percent of the work in coding is debugging problems and the answer won't be obvious. You have to be willing to figure it out, and a lot of college graduates we have hired don't like debugging. Hailey dived into the program and was eager to problem-solve. It's an important life skill to have in any career." - Amanda Kirk, 1st Playable Productions

Olivia Otero of Greenville, right, did her Extreme Exposure with Schenectady County Community College's Culinary Arts Program. She took food preparation, cake decorating and international baking classes with SUNY SCCC faculty chefs.

“I’ve always loved baking. I love to bake at home and bake for my class at school. My specialty is flavorful cupcakes.” - Olivia Otero

Freshmen & Sophomores

Freshmen and sophomores go on field trips and attend workshops called Exposiums to talk to visiting speakers from different careers. These opportunities are designed to expose students to interesting things happening in local businesses.

Some of this year's exposiums. TOP LEFT: Engineer Emi Kondo Olsson of IBM. TOP RIGHT: Meteorologist Heather Morrison of YNN. BELOW LEFT: Assemblyman John McDonald, owner of Marra's Pharmacy. BELOW RIGHT: Martina Arfwidson of FACE Stockholm LTD, a cosmetics company.

Research & Interviews

Underclassmen also interviewed professionals who work in careers that interest them, and did additional research on a particular field. Freshmen created posters, and sophomores gave Pecha Kucha presentations.

Freshmen poster presentations. TOP LEFT: Shaun Nestor of Ballston Spa presents his poster to Global Humanities teacher Sean O'Brien. TOP RIGHT: Emine Turkoglu of Menands. BELOW LEFT: Maeve Corcoran of Brittonkill. BELOW RIGHT: Ryker Dorman of Hoosick Falls presents to Principal Niedermeier.

Paideaia: Exploring your passions

In addition to career exposure, I-term also allows students to explore their passions. They participate in Paedeias (pronounced “pie-day-ahs”), in which faculty, staff, parents and community members teach fun, project-based mini courses or workshops around a topic or skill. Topics this year included Aikido, music and podcast recording, craft sewing, herpetology: keeping reptiles & amphibians, comic book collecting, medieval armor, weapons & combat, origami and chess.

Paideias. TOP LEFT: Medieval Armor, Weapons and Combat with Jonah Spivak. TOP RIGHT: TVHS bioengineering teacher Devin Robinson presented on Herpetology, the art of keeping reptiles and amphibians. BELOW: TVHS technology teacher John Hartnett presented about chess.

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