Recent Joliet Central High School graduate Monica Cherrington (‘19) got a jump start on the practical application of engineering during a summer internship she completed before heading to Andrews University to major in architecture.
Cherrington’s internship through the Three Rivers Education Partnership (TREP) provided her with a Engineering Data Management position at Bunge Loders Croklaan, a B2B oil refinery facility that processes different types of oil for the food manufacturing industry globally.
“Although it wasn't an architecture internship, I knew it would be good to be exposed to the engineering field, as it goes hand in hand with architecture,” Cherrington said in a news release from Joliet Township High School District 204.
“While I was there I learned a lot, and to my surprise I was able to apply a lot of what I was taught in my CAD and architecture classes at Central to the job.”
In addition to the TREP Internship program, JTHS partnered with local businesses and organization to provide 33 paid work-based internships for students during the spring and summer of the 2018-2019 school year.
To prepare students for the rigors of the internship program, JTHS offers a wealth rigorous core and elective courses, which include Dual Credit and Advanced Placement.
"I would encourage students to take the dual enrollment classes,” Cherrington said in the news release. “The dual enrollment drafting class helped me free up my schedule and saved me money. I am so glad I took it.
"Now that I am in college, knowing Revit, AutoCAD, and Adobe has made me a lot more prepared than other students.”
JTHS continues to work with local businesses to expand internship opportunities.