JSerra Catholic High School Students Get Professional Experience at Silverado Memory Care Community
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Through the JSerra Catholic High School Business Magnet Program, students team up with local businesses – including Silverado San Juan Capistrano – for a unique education experience that takes them out of the classroom and into the real world.
The four-year Business Magnet Program is composed of instructional courses combined with simulation-based education. Silverado – an assisted living community for those with memory impairments – each year participates as a host to one of the JSerra interns, who visits the community weekly during a semester.
“Student interactions with the Silverado staff has been a very positive experience, helping to set the stage for future business leaders,” shares Carol Chaffee, Director Business Magnet Program at JSerra. “As part of the hands-on experience, our students even work on a semester-long project that benefits their host business.”
At Silverado, students work one-on-one with the community’s leadership team to experience every part of the business, from the cost of running a business to how to mentor staff to ensure they experience job satisfaction.
“Working with the residents and top notch professionals at Silverado has been more than an internship, it’s been a life-altering experience,” says Student Aaron Choi. One of my biggest discoveries is the importance of details in not only business but in anticipating the needs of others.”
Programs of this caliber are generally designed for college students – truly giving these high school students a solid foundation. When they graduate, the Business Magnet Program students receive a special citation on their diplomas and often go on to compete at the nation’s most prestigious business schools.
“This is a wonderful educational program for the students as they learn about career paths they can set their sights on as well as the value they add to a senior's life,” shares Carole Shaw, Senior Administrator of Silverado San Juan Capistrano. “It’s inspiring to see the passion and drive these young people have as they learn from, and work side-by-side with, the Silverado team.”