Students earn money while earning credit

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By Skylar Feldman

Rikki Krasn, senior, packages food for take-out at Lucille’s Smokehouse BAR-B-QUE on Sept. 26 while getting paid an hourly wage and receiving an A at school for work experience.
Rikki Krasn, senior, packages food for take-out at Lucille’s Smokehouse BAR-B-QUE on Sept. 26 while getting paid an hourly wage and receiving an A at school for work experience. Photo by Rachael Mintz

Leaving school after fourth period to head to her job at California Pizza Kitchen, Rachael Mintz, 12, adds to her academic credit load. She’s earning an “A” for her hostess job.

Likewise, Rikki Krasn, 12, is earning academic credit while making $7.25 an hour plus tips.

Both Mintz and Krasn are part of the work experience program.

Work experience is the ability for a student to earn academic credit while employed outside of school. Work experience hours are invaluable to students who gain knowledge and on the job training as they enter into the world of work. Students are encouraged to ask for job recommendations and referrals upon leaving any place of employment.

“Work experience helps keep my GPA up. It is definitely a great way to help students receive an easy “A” on their transcript,” Krasn said.

Work experience has always been available, but this year the process has changed. Students can gain work experience hours and credit, as well as increasing their GPA by completing the simple process. This process begins with Ms. Tagliaferri in room 313 any day of the week, before or after school. She will provide students with the application and assist in completing the paperwork. Students must work a total of 15 hours per week.

“I had no idea what work experience was until this year. I think it is beneficial because once I get a job I will be able to receive credit,” Grace Green, senior, said.

Students across the valley are working at a variety of locations. Some of these locations include Starbucks, Parks & Rec., PacSun, Victoria’s Secret, McDonald’s, CPK, Lucille’s, GVR Movie Theater.

The work experience program supports students interested in gaining the skill sets to allow them to make a difference in their future career paths.