At GSMST, a major part of our integrated curriculum involves partnering with our business and educational community. Through bringing in speakers, visiting job sites, and internships, our students learn how to apply classroom knowledge and skills in real-world settings. The Partnership Program enhances our students' critical thinking and problem solving skills and ignites a passion for STEM education and careers.
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Partnership Program Summary
9th Grade: Speaker Series
The purpose of the Speaker Series is to expose our 9th grade students to the vast array of careers within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Four times per year speakers are invited to the school to spend time with a small group of students who have expressed prior interest in the speaker’s particular area of expertise. These informal discussions typically begin with the speaker spending fifteen minutes describing his/her education background, career path, and daily tasks. The remaining thirty minutes involves open discussion and Q & A. All GSMST classrooms are equipped with DVD players, computers, and overhead LCD projectors.
10th Grade: Job Shadow
Phase two of the Partnership Program involves our 10th grade students participating in on-site job shadow events. Students travel to a business partner’s location and experience the daily routine of an assigned employee for approximately two hours. The job shadow events introduce students to business etiquette, protocols, and requirements common to an industry. This phase also gives students an idea of which internship they would like to pursue the following year.
11th Grade: Junior Fellowship Experience
During their 11th grade year, our students participate in the Junior Fellowship Experience (JFE). This program partners university and industry experts with our students to complete in-depth work assignments and projects. These internships are a graduation requirement for GSMST students and adhere to strict requirements regarding rigor, time commitment, and use of STEM skills. Students can choose to participate in a career internship or an independent project. The time-frames are either summer, short-term (one semester), or long-term (yearlong).
12th Grade: Senior Capstone Experience
Upon completion of the JFE, our students pursue the Senior Capstone Experience (SCE). These Senior Capstone projects involve extensive research and industry experience normally reserved for graduate students. At the conclusion of the SCE students present their senior portfolio to a panel of judges. Students are able to choose from multiple options for their SCE, including internships and independent projects. All SCE projects are yearlong.
For an electronic version of the Partnership Program Summary, please click here.
For more information about the JFE and SCE internships, please visit GSMST's Internship page here.
Speaker Series 2015-2016
The Speaker Series dates for this school year are:
- Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM
- Friday, November 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM
- Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:00PM
- Friday, March 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM
We are so grateful to all of our community partners who participate in the Speaker Series events! If you are interested in being a speaker for any of these dates, please contact Kerri Napoleon: Kerri_Napoleon@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or 678-518-6691.
Speaker Series Bio and Questions Survey
9th grade students are required to research the speakers to whom they are assigned. Once speaker assignments have been created, more information about how to prepare to be an audience member will be posted here.
Community Representatives Interested in Partnering with GSMST...
Please contact Nicole D'Antonio, Internship Coordinator 10th and 11th grade or Kerri Napoleon, Internship Coordinator 9th and 12th grade
678-518-6692 - Counseling Office
678-518-6693 - Fax
678-518-6691 - Counseling Office
678-518-6693 - Fax