Woodruff Career and Technical Center helps students secure work placements


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Sixty students from Woodruff High School are interning for 40 different companies around Peoria.

Students are set up with professional internships, creating paths for their future careers.

With employers looking for additional help in their stores, students are able to meet this need and gain experience at the same time.

Sarah Chapman, Career Coordinator for Woodruff Career and Technical Center, said, “We introduced students from five different programs at Woodruff. We have auto body, construction, culinary arts, health and IT.

Thanks to courses and a job coach, students acquire skills that allow them to flourish in the world of work.

“We work with them, build a resume, work on soft skills, do Xello, which is a district program, dress versus assess, interview practices,” said Brittany Bush, course coach at Woodruff High School.

Alejandro Contreras, a recent Woodruff graduate and designer at Maaco, said the classes and coaching helped him prepare for his job at Maaco.

“Just the little things, you know, the panels, the paint, even the sanding and gluing sometimes. All of this has helped me learn things that I can take here, ”Contreras said.

An employee of the PIPCO company said that involving them in commercial work shows that there are multiple options for high school graduates. It also gives them the opportunity to hire someone who has experience in their trade.

Marlo Sutton, Project Manager and Estimator at PIPCO Companies, said: “It allows kids to see what else is there without having to go through 4 years of college after school. And some of them, we kept after their internship and are still working for us today.

Seth Colvin, Executive Chef at Suite Fire Bar and Grille, said working with the students was a learning experience for everyone.

“It helps my team and I learn new things as well. Because they can ask a question that we don’t know, so we have to sneak around the corner, google it or search for it in one of our cookbooks, ”Colvin said.

Those interested in the program can visit ciproud.com to find out more.


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