Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School has teamed up with First Solar to give students a head start on preparing for careers in the field of engineering.

The two have agreed on an internship program that has students from Stritch spending five days alongside engineers at First Solar. This gives students the opportunity to see firsthand what an engineer does throughout the day, and how skills learned in the classroom are applied in the workforce.

Recently, two students from Stritch completed the internship and the responses from both students and First Solar were positive. Throughout their time at First Solar, students worked along side engineers as they performed troubleshooting tasks and worked on a variety of projects.

“This is a great chance for our students to get real world experience at one of the top engineering companies in the Toledo-area,” said Tim Zale, the STEMM Coordinator at Stritch. “The feedback we have received from students and First Solar has been very positive and we can’t wait to continue this relationship.”

Students interested in the internship program must complete an application – just like a real job – and write a short essay explaining why they want to be a part of the internship program with the Perrysburg-based company. The applications and responses are then reviewed and the top candidates are selected for the program.

The internship also gives CSCHS students a chance to enhance the skills they learn in their engineering classes at the school. The engineering classes are part of the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) initiative at the school. The classes are designed to give students early hands-on experience in some of the fastest growing professional fields.

“First Solar is proud to partner with Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School in this endeavor. It is our hope that partnerships such as this will strengthen our bond with the community that we live and work in. Additionally, it is a privilege to enhance the learning of these skilled students and ultimately cultivate Northwest Ohio,” said Jay Lake, Manager, Manufacturing Training, at First Solar.

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