The Honors Mentorship Program is a yearlong class for high achieving, intellectually gifted or artistically talented 11th and 12th grade students with a history of academic rigor who desire a challenging, enriching, career-based opportunity. The program gives motivated, mature high school students from all six Hall County high schools a career mentorship designed around the individual student’s interest in a specific field or career. Each selected participant is matched with a professional who serves as his or her mentor by providing a real-life career experience along with the latest information and technology in the field.
This class is for the unique individual who has a passion for a profession and who is ready to move into a career experience outside the classroom. Rising 11th grade and 12th grade students apply in the spring for the following year.How can the Honors Mentorship program benefit our students?
- The program will introduce students to lifelong, career readiness skills.
- It can serve as a highlight on a college application.
- It will help a student stand out in a competitive college application/job market.
- The program puts students in touch with valuable contacts – for now and for their future.
- It can help a student decide if the career field they are passionate about is a right fit for them.
Why is the Honors Mentorship Program Unique?Students are being prepared for the future in several ways… Students spend the majority of their class time with a mentor in the community that will provide the student with real life experiences in the student’s chosen career field. Students will learn job competencies and hands-on skills that cannot be learned from a textbook. Students are expected to spend 4 hours per week, per period released, with their mentor. Students and mentors create flexible schedules that meet the needs of both parties. Coursework for the program is conducted in a blended learning environment with a large portion of work completed online. Preparation for future online courses and integrating technology skills are key components of the curriculum. Students build a portfolio that can follow them to post-secondary institutions or eventual career opportunities. Work experience is invaluable when:
- Applying to competitive colleges and universities.
- Applying to specialty programs (law, medical, journalism, engineering, etc…) that require prior experience in the field before admittance.
- Applying for future internships and jobs in your career field.