The Engineering Apprenticeship assistant instructor, Shae Heffernan, has launched an innovative blog project for the Engineering Apprenticeship. She has documented student's weekly projects, fused with the tie-in of virtues learned in the classroom. Her first-hand account weaves academics and virtues seamlessly and truly captures the spirit of Metro.
The Engineering Apprenticeship is held during the seven-week MEF Summer Program which runs from 9:30 to 3:30 each weekday. Apprenticeships are competitive enrollment classes and to mirror the real world workforce experience, students apply and interview for these selective positions. Each apprenticeship can accommodate 15-20 high school students with an Engineering Apprenticeship at both the Midtown Center for Boys and Metro Achievement Center for Girls (30-40 students total each summer).
The Engineering Apprenticeship is taught by a professional in the field, as well as an assistant instructor (generally an engineering student and/or an alumnus of the program). Students are paid a stipend for their work during the summer. Each apprenticeship offers hands-on project work for four days of each week and field trips corresponding to the career area on the fifth. At summer’s end students present a final project to classmates and instructors.