High School Apprentices – Present and Future

August 17 marked the final day of the 2011-2012 High School Apprentice Program. From the first day, on October 11, until the final, very busy day,Free Fun Friday, on August 17, the apprentices spent part or all of 127 days at the Museum or participating off-site in something NBWM-related.  In that time, our returning apprentices served as mentors for the new apprentices and worked directly with several staff members on a variety of projects and events. Our new apprentices grew to know our Museum and our region’s important role in early American history. All apprentices worked in our galleries, staffed museum events and served as junior ambassadors. This summer they did reciprocal programs with teens from other facilities, such as Woods Hole Science Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo and Boston Museum of Science.

To quote first year apprentice Gustin Froias, “As teen apprentices we do various tasks around the museum and have learned a variety of useful skills. We can do things such as leading a tour, setting up for events, and basic museum care taking have become common tasks for us to accomplish.”

Seven students graduated from high school in June. One has left to serve in the United States Army. The other six have been accepted to college: MA College of Pharmacy, U.Mass-Dartmouth, LDS Business School (Utah) and Bristol Community College. We are proud of all of them and wish them well.

As our seniors move on, so does the High School Apprentice Program. We have four students who will return for their senior year, leaving us with openings for eight deserving students in 11th and 12th grade. We are looking for students with a curiosity about a variety of subjects, who can be team players yet work on their own when needed. Students should be receiving free or reduced lunch at their school. Students from New Bedford High, Greater NB Voc-Tech, Global Learning Charter, and for the first time, Fairhaven High, are eligible.

We are accepting applications through September 26.  They can be found on the Learn page of our website, at the Museum’s front desk, through the school’s Co-op/College and Coordinator/Dean of Students office, or by calling Robert Rocha at 508-717-6849.

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