nConnect operates four programs to help students connect their classroom learning with future careers:
Student Mentoring: The Student Mentoring program offers students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement® Math and Science classes the opportunity to meet regularly with professionals who provide tutoring and real-world experience to students that need help.
STEM Internships: The STEM Internship Program (SIP) provides low-income high school students the opportunity to gain work experience in a STEM-related career while earning a $500 stipend and become eligible for a college Opportunity Scholarship. Students are fully supported by nConnect’s STEM coach.
Career Related Learning Experiences: nConnect provides a variety of “CRLEs” to students in middle and high schools. These include individual experiences like informational interviews or job shadows occurring at worksites, as well as group activities at schools where community professionals visit and share career information in nConnect-arranged activities like “speed networking”, guest speaking, and mock interviewing. CRLEs also include advisors for school projects as well as class tours of local businesses. nConnect also links schools with business and professionals through a self-serve database (Bizconnect – a part of Career Cruising) that enables students to reach out virtually to local professionals with their questions.
Opportunity Partnership Program: This program works to connect industry professionals with community college students who are in health care, manufacturing, and welding programs. The goal of the program is to increase student’s confidence and knowledge about their career choices, develop their network of contacts, and prepare them to quickly transition to, and succeed in, a job within their field. Onsite career readiness workshops are provided at both Clark and Lower Columbia Colleges, and students are paired with industry mentors for individual guidance.