Marchisotto was deeply involved in the Northrop Grumman High School Involvement Program (HIP). The program has provided nearly 7,000 students the opportunity to receive “hands-on” job training while earning high school credit since its inception in 1971. This year five El Segundo High School students graduated from the 17-week program with a $300 scholarship: Thomas Lynch, Jr., Matthew Paysse, Kristine Shen, Kristin Villanueva and Rachael Wang.
In addition, four of these students simultaneously participated in the South Bay Workforce Investment Board’s Aero-Flex pre-apprenticeship program. The “earn and learn” program acts as a compliment to the students’ intensive internship by providing work readiness and technical skills training. As a reward for completing both programs, the students receive a $500 stipend.
“I was so excited to receive the Paul Marchisotto Scholarship,” said Wang, a 2017 ESHS graduate who is headed to Stanford University this fall where she will explore academic programs prior to declaring a major. “The HIP internship was a really amazing experience. Each student is paired with a mentor at Northrop Grumman. My mentor was a systems engineer and she works with high-frequency satellites. I was as able to get in-depth experience in what systems engineering entails.”
The College and Career Center at ESHS coordinates student internships with local businesses in a variety of industries. Students are encouraged to visit the College and Career Center regularly to become familiar with all of the resources available to them—it’s never too early to begin planning for college admissions or to gain some valuable work experience or training.
“These internship programs and career training opportunities provide important real-world experience while still in high school,” said Wang. “I highly recommend ESHS students take advantage of these opportunities.”
The College and Career Center is open to assist students during snack time, lunch and after school on a drop-in or appointment basis via sign-up sheets in Room 105. For more information about the services offered, please visit the ESHS website Career Readiness Resources link found on the “Counselors” page.
About the El Segundo Unified School District
The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).
Five El Segundo High School students recently completed internships and graduated from the 17-week Northrop Grumman High School Involvement (HIP) program where they gained in-depth engineering experience and earned scholarships. The students are (l to r): Matthew Paysse, Kristin Villanueva, Rachael Wang, Kristine Shen, and Thomas Lynch, Jr.