Rockford High School Co-oprerative Education and Intern Program

D&W intern studies “Sweet Tooth” 101

May 14, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL About to graduate from Rockford High School this May ’09, hometown girl Erin VanDruen, like all students, was searching for a career path of study for her future life. Erin has always had a love of math and a strong interest in graphic arts. Along those lines Erin, as part of her Rockford High School curriculum, is also attending Kent Career Technical Center studying graphic design. Recently, in a match that seemed fated, Erin accepted an internship in the bakery department at the Rockford D&W Fresh Market. She could not believe her good fortune when she was assigned specifically to the creation and decoration of pastry goods.  Erin’s internship was arranged through a co-operative venture with Rockford High School. The high school’s Co-operative Education and Intern Program is under the direction of Mrs. Mary Cody. Cody matches interested high school seniors, during one tri-mester of their senior year, with available internships with area businesses. She seeks to match each student’s demonstrated skills and associated interests to the available positions.   Erin’s interest in graphic design was a perfect match for pastry design and decoration. And it didn’t hurt any, as Erin says, “I’ve always had a sweet tooth!” Although other departments at the Rockford D&W Fresh Market have had interns in the past, Erin is the first ever bakery intern. Under the mentorship of bakery department manager Cindi Wall, Erin was assigned the responsibility of the daily maintenance and resupply of the pastry display case. Wall, herself, has 27 years of Bakery experience, all with D&W. Erin could not have hoped for a more experienced tutor.  Being a Rockford High School intern requires each student to spend 10 hours of his or her school week immersed in his or her assigned internship. Erin loves her placement in the D&W Bakery and the valuable skills she is learning. Erin has taken the 10-hour requirement one-step further, so much so that each morning, Monday through Friday, while it is still dark she arrives at 6:00 a.m. not departing until 8:30 a.m. to head to her day’s schooling at the high school.  Saturday mornings, while not required to be there, she arrives again at 6:00 a.m. and with an enthusiasm that is contagious […]