Our Career Development Program
was the vision of our past CEO who initiated the program as the core foundation of Prep Charter in 1998 The program was originally called Community Service. Our past CEO wanted a Charter School that would include a program that would
enable our students a hands on experience in the work place and wanted them to also experience different fields that may guide them in their future endeavors. In addition, the program also allows our students to give back to their community and to accrue hours and experience to summit on their college resume.
When Prep first started we had limited sites which included Register of Wills ran by The Honorable Ronald Donatucci, Clerk of Quarter Sessions in The Criminal Justice Center, Several Judges, St. Thomas Aqunius school, Girard and Kirkbride Elementary School. Our past CEO had relationships/friendships with the people who ran the areas and also the principals of the schools Our students were allowed to intern four hours a day Through the years our sites
have grown. Our Career Development Coordinators have worked hard to acquire and maintain additional sites.
Our Career Development Program separates us from all other High schools in the Philadelphia area because we are the only High school that gives our students from their freshman year the opportunity to work in a professional environment Our students work with teachers, judges, City Council members, doctors etc. There is always a Career Development Coordinator present at the sites to monitor our students progress.
Our students in their freshmen year are assigned to Elementary Schools, which include CCCS, Girard, Taggart, Andrew Jackson and Breagy Elementary School. Our students assist teachers with tutoring, classroom assignments, grading papers, displaying bulletin boards and a multitude of other tasks. Our sophomores, juniors and some of our seniors are assigned to City
Government areas and our local Hospitals, City Government areas including City council, Register of Wills, Fiscal Budget, Jury Selection, Criminal and Civil court Hearings etc. Our students duties may include filng, interdepartmental functions, computer input, special community projects observing civil and criminal hearing etc Our hospitals include PA, Methodist and University of Penn Hospital Our students duties may include making bed, filling water pitchers, organizing charts, filing, working with special need adults, preparing food in the cafeteria, working in the gift shop etc.
In conclusion Our Career Development program is an accredited course Their grade reflects the assignments they receive, the evaluation of their Career Development Coordinator and the evaluation of their site supervisors supervisor.