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Through an e-mentorship program with Cummins Inc., business students at Fridley High School (FHS) are connecting with local professionals to learn career-ready skills. Cummins, a manufacturing plant in Fridley, are partnered with FHS students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB-DP) business class and career exploration class, as well as Fridley Moore Lake Area Learning Center (ALC) students. This partnership allows students to learn how to improve their communication and networking skills, and create meaningful working relationships with business professionals.
Students have been communicating with their mentors since the beginning of the school year on advice on choosing a college, career exploration, building a resume, and more. On October 23, 2018, FHS and ALC students had the opportunity to meet their mentors in person during a “working lunch” at the high school.
FHS Work-based Learning teacher Stephanie Warner said this is a valuable experience that all students can benefit from, as they are able to receive guidance and gain communications skills.
“This could also mean a potential network connection for future employment,” said Warner. “This helps them explore career options and understand the progression of skill-building and gaining experience.”
Fridley Public Schools' partnership with Cummins has supported hundreds of students in many ways over the years. This e-mentorship partnership first began in 2010 with the Fridley High School Transition program. Since 2017, the relationship has expanded to include FHS business classes and ALC students.
FHS senior and DP business student Jamia Johnson values the relationship that she has been able to make with her mentor.
“This is all very new to me and outside of my comfort zone, but participating in this program has sparked my interest in business,” said Jamia. “It’s nice to have someone to give me advice when I need it. Our mentors are established in their careers and they are able to give us a different perspective since they’ve already been through high school and college.”
Cummins engineer Amber Cederholm, who is partnered with Jamia, said she is excited to make this connection.
“I’m glad I get to know this amazing scholar and I’m excited to see what her future holds,” said Cederholm. “I love being able to give her support where she needs it, and to be a resource for her later on.”
Fridley students participating in this program will also have additional opportunities to engage with their mentors throughout the year in planned events such as an employee round table Q&A session, Cummins plant/acoustic test center tour, spring barbeque and picnic, and a canoe outing at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.