Young Women Learn Professional Skills at Simmons

March 20, 2015

Simmons welcomed six high school women for a special job-shadowing program.

Sponsored by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the program brought 10th through 12th grade young women from Brighton High School and Another Course to College (ACC) in Brighton to the Simmons campus. 

The young women spent the morning with various Simmons College professionals, learning about athletics, higher education administration, financial aid, marketing communications, human resources, and facilities management.

The students started the day in the President’s Office, where they were welcomed by Chief of Staff Lynda Connolly and other members of the Simmons staff. Special Assistant to the President Erin O’Connor presented a brief overview of Simmons. Then the students went off with their respective hosts for the day: Athletic Director Ali Kantor, Building & Grounds Director Steve Gusmini, Communications Director Allyson Irish, Talent and Human Capital Strategy Business Partner Vicki Wijeyesinghe, and AVP of Admissions Dan Forster.

The young women and staff reconvened for lunch in the President’s Board Room to discuss what they had learned and the students’ plans for the future.

“This is exactly the kind of community partnership that distinguishes Simmons,” said Connolly. “We have a proud history and a bright future of community service programs with our Boston-area neighbors.”  

“I enjoyed spending time with Marleny Francisco, a junior at Brighton High School. It's so nice to meet young students who have such a passion about where they see themselves in the future. I hope Simmons is able to do this again,” said Wijeyesinghe.

The annual Boston PIC Job Shadow Day draws more than 100 employers and nearly 1,000 student participants. The goal of PIC is “to connect business, the Boston Public Schools, higher education, government, labor, and community organizations to create innovative workforce and education solutions that benefit Boston residents and businesses alike.”

(TOP: Simmons Communications Director Allyson Irish, Brighton High School students Lornex Rono and Ella James, and Simmons Chief of Staff Lynda Connolly. Photo credit: Erin O'Connor)