I am so grateful for my experience at The Apprenticeship Center. I didn’t even know about The Apprenticeship Center until this past summer when I met with Linda and my professor Bruce for a meeting. By the end of the meeting I knew I wanted to get involved with this organization that sought to bridge the gap between academic learning and the world of work. It was my goal to get TAC ready for replication and see that more and more people have the opportunity to access a live learning lab! During my time at TAC I worked with Linda to develop an operational manual for a TAC Franchise, I did a Needs Assessment for replication through Social Franchising and I provided a final overview of my recommendations to develop the TAC Brand. Some of my recommendations related to potential partners, ideas for sustainably funding TAC, and marketing ideas for telling the story of TAC’s impact.
Not only did I learn about TACs model of bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace, but I was able bridge some gaps in my own life. During my time at TAC I realized I wanted to have a career in workforce development. I was able to figure out how I wanted to approach the field, and in the spring I will begin my Master’s in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies which draws upon the fields of education, psychology, communications, and management in order to improve human performance. I will learn how to create innovative approaches to helping people improve their skills, knowledge, and job performance. I believe I will be able to create more value in organizations and maybe even start my own! I cannot express how thankful I am for my time at TAC and receiving mentorship and guidance from Linda, Bruce and Olivier! This was an internship/apprenticeship experience like no other that has allowed me to see Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in action and given me clarity and direction to map out the next steps in my career journey.