2020-21 Academy Experience

Academy Experience Grows As Students Sample Careers
Posted on 01/07/2021
Kamryn Ohly at Sierra LoboThe Perkins High School Academy Experience program continues to grow. For the 2020-2021 school year, PHS student participation in the program is up more than 20 percent from the 2019-2020 school year.

And, despite the continuing pandemic, many students are able to visit with local businesses and organizations as part of their experience.

More than 90 PHS juniors and seniors submitted proposals to participate in the Academy Experience this school year. Some 55 students, up from more than 40 last school year, were placed into internships, said PHS computer science teacher Michael Leffler, an advisor for the program.

The program, which pairs students with community businesses, organizations and institutions, also has grown in the number and types of organizations hosting our students. Griffing Flying Service, Hoty Enterprises, Hart Advertising, and Sierra Lobo are among the organizations to sponsor PHS students this school year. They join sponsors like Firelands Regional Medical Center, Perkins Township, Civista Banks and NOMS Advanced Health, who have served as mentors to students.

Mr. Leffler said he expects the Academy Experience to grow even more in coming years, especially after the pandemic ends. He and PHS social studies teacher Tim Obergefell, also an advisor for the program, on Wednesday pitched the program to sophomores and juniors for the 2021-2022 school year.

What students can do for an Academy Experience is wide-ranging, Mr. Obergefell explained. The program enables students to customize and tailor their high school careers to their career path, he said.

The experience enables students to get a taste of a career before they invest in college. If students discover they may not like the career, the Academy Experience curriculum is flexible and allows students to shift their programs.

PHS juniors and seniors are eligible to participate in the Academy Experience. If they are interested in the program, this year’s sophomores and juniors must submit a proposal for what they want to do and where they might do it. If the proposals are approved, the program is worked into their class schedules for next year.