The La Cañada High School Institutes for the 21st Century and Intern program hosted a La Cañada Flintridge Chamber Mixer on Thursday, April 19. Students who were involved with such diverse Institutes from cancer research to saving the rain forest shared their presentations with the public.
"The Institutes for the 21st Century is a program designed for students who are interested in experience [in the areas] for possible careers or are just interested in the subject," said Sally Spangler, LCHS college counselor.
People from that particular field of interest mentor most of the Institutes. For example, there is a film institute that invites members of the industry to the school.
"We have had many professionals [in the film industry] come to the meeting and talk to the students," said Kevin Buchanan, LCHS assistant principal.
The students also participate in internships that are offered by several businesses. Students get hands on experience in careers of interest.
"The application form is available through LCHS communication that goes out in August," Spangler said. "Students fill out a form to be a member of an existing Institute and [apply] for an internship."
According to Spangler, many students apply for internships. She reads through the applications, setting aside those that seem to be most qualified for the area requested and then conducts personal interviews. She is open to any suggestions of new areas for Institutes. Those suggestions should be made at the same time applications are returned.
The LCHS culinary arts program catered the mixer. Chamber members and guests dined on a variety of pastas, antipastos and salads all prepared and served by students.