ROCHESTER — For the third straight year, a select group of Spaulding High School students completed the Friday’s at Frisbie Medical Mentoring program. The program is a collaboration between the hospital and Spaulding High School and Richard W. Createau Technical Center.
The program spanned eight weeks and consisted of junior and senior students learning about the various medical professions in the hospital every other Friday morning, with a before-school start time for these dedicated students. Working in conjunction with Jo-Ann Vatcher, RN BSN MSN-Director of Education at Frisbie, is Dean Graziano, Extended Learning coordinator for Rochester.
ROCHESTER — The message was clear from the beginning — realize and seek opportunities!
The 4th annual ELO Career Assistance Workshop opened with a message from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Zach Williams, special assistant for projects and policy to the senator, read a few lines from the senator’s welcome letter, ”... Extended Learning Opportunities are a crucial component of a modern education.”
By KIMBERLEY HAAS Union Leader Correspondent ROCHESTER — The Ridge Marketplace in Rochester has created an internship program to train local students as the shopping center develops a presence in the region. Last month, a 20,000-square-foot liquor store opened on the Route 11 property, which includes businesses developers say have the power to attract people from a distance. Market Basket, Marshalls and Petco are popular destinations for travelers who come from as far as Lake Winnipesaukee and Maine to shop. On an average Sunday afternoon, Market Basket is packed with people getting the supplies they need for the week. That kind of activity at the new development has presented a unique learning opportunity for Trevor Ballou, a senior at Spaulding High School who wanted to pursue a marketing internship. Dean Graziano, who coordinates the Extended Learning Opportunities program at the high school, said he approached Ballou and asked if he would be a project manager at The Ridge this academic year. Ballou agreed to oversee two other Spaulding High School students and an eighth grader who wanted to participate. Besides developing relationships with retail workers at The Ridge, Ballou has performed extensive research to see what community needs are by surveying all of the students at the high school, asking what kind of stores they would like to see added, how they would get to the stores and what kind of promotions and events they desired. Marge Selinger is in charge of the internship program for Waterstone Properties Group, which owns The Ridge. She said Ballou helped them reach one of their most important goals. “We wanted to keep our relationship with the local community special, productive and inclusive. Now, our center feels like home,” Selinger said. Selinger said there are opportunities for other students who want to participate in an internship with Waterstone Properties Group. They have developments in Epping, Seabrook and Portsmouth. Ballou said he would participate again “in a heartbeat.” “This is an amazing opportunity, as well as a first of its kind internship in New Hampshire, which I hope starts a trend of these new and innovative kinds of internship opportunities not only for high school students but for junior high students as well,” Ballou said. Ballou said the experience made him want to pursue marketing even more. “After high school I plan on enrolling into Southern New Hampshire University’s Bradley Honors program for business administration, but at the same time I am still keeping all my options on the table until my final choice,” Ballou said. Discussion about an internship program in Rochester started when ground was broken for The Ridge in 2015. Marketing Director Jennifer Fairfield met Graziano and began to learn more about the Extended Learning Opportunities program at Spaulding High School. Eventually, they created a photography internship so the company could get photos for the first phases of construction. In return, The Ridge provided the photography class a top-shelf camera, Graziano said. The interns working on the marketing initiative received laptops and tablets they were allowed to keep. “Our relationship is very strong, and last year I nominated Jen Fairfield for the New Hampshire Scholars champion to our program and she received the award,” Graziano said. Graziano said the Spaulding High School had more than 60 interns this year, more than 88 job shadows and 12 students who were mentored in a program with Frisbie Memorial Hospital.