Students gain valuable experience at Dinwiddie summer work program

By: Meredith Baker | Email: Click Here
Posted: Oct. 9, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. 

DINWIDDIE – As part of the county’s Summer Work-Based Learning Program, 32 Dinwiddie County students had the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new workplace experiences.

At a recent school board meeting, Cierra Gravely, the marketing & youth workforce development coordinator for Dinwiddie County, said that 17 agencies hosted the students, who worked 16 hours a week for four to eight weeks over the summer.  

“Students went through a rigorous application and interview process, and only the best rose to the top,” Gravely said.

Student Jalil Copher was able to work at Dinwiddie Airport over the summer, and he shared that the experience gave him the opportunity to explore the airport and learn a lot about aviation. The experience also led to his interest in the Civil Air Patrol, which he has now joined.

“This was an amazing opportunity for me,” Copher said. “I learned so much through this.”

David Hahn, the manager of Dinwiddie Airport and Industrial Authority, said that the positive impression Copher made on others opened up additional opportunities for him during his time at the airport, including the chance to go inside the governor’s airplane. Hahn expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to host Copher at the airport.

“He showed a tremendous aptitude,” Hahn said.  

Gravely said that the Summer Work-Based Learning Program is part of the county and school division’s joint Youth Workforce Development Initiative.

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