Simmons Prepares Local Students for the Workplace

Simmons College opened its doors this summer to five Brighton High School (BHS) teens for an eight-week Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) internship program. This is the fifth year Simmons College has partnered with BHS for this professional development program, and the second program held at Simmons this year. 

The Simmons Office of the President worked with PIC to match the students with the appropriate offices at the College. The five young women were matched with department managers from technology support, online services, building and grounds, administration, athletics, and online admissions. The program ends Friday, Aug. 28.

The goal of the program, said Simmons College Chief of Staff Lynda Connolly, is to “help young women build strong networking and leadership skills and earn valuable work experience. Simmons College is committed to community outreach and this is just one of many important programs we sponsor in Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods.”

“For many of these young women, this is their first experience in a professional setting,” said Rose Hernandez, Building and Grounds. “It gives them an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a real office setting. It’s also an opportunity for them to learn responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance.”

Sacdio Ali, a BHS sophomore working in Infrastructure & Online Services, is “learning how to attend meetings and be in a working environment.” She is considering a career in either nursing or architecture, and believes understanding technology is a foundation for any career path.

“As my first internship site, Simmons College has such a huge impact on my life. It’s one of my future college choices,” said Sacdio, “I love the respectful and welcoming environment here. You get to know your worth at Simmons.”

An important community partner, Brighton High School is currently engaged with Simmons College in an innovative public/private partnership to renovate Daly Field in Brighton as a multi-use sports complex for BHS, the Allston-Brighton community, and Simmons College athletics.

(Top (left to right): Brighton high school students Sacdio Ali, Filmawit Belay, Janet Diaz-Ramos, student financial services' Heather Patenaude, and BHS student Lorena Lapaz. Photo credit: Chanel Carrasquilla)

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