As yet another school year begins, Domain is kicking off another great partnership in the Mercer County community. When the president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County found out about our partnership with Mercer County Community College, he immediately jumped on the idea. Would Domain be willing to work with high school students as well? Rashaad and Michelle thought, why not? And the Future Domain Tech Academy was formed.
The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County has formed partnerships with other businesses as well to offer STEM, IT Tech and CPA academies to provide area high school students with hands-on career experiences while networking with local companies and colleges. These partners in addition to Domain Computer Services include TCNJ, Rider University, Rutgers 4H Youth Development, Withum, Lear & Pannepacker, AT&T, United Way and more. There are already 40 students signed up for the Career Academies Open House on October 4 at the Spruce Street Community Center from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
In the Future Domain Tech Academy and Computer Exchange, students learn Cisco IT Essential skills through participation in hands-on work with computers. By the end of the course, they will have learned how to diagnosis, repair, and install software on computers as well as remove viruses another cyber security basics and common issues with printers/copiers. At the successful completion of the 100-hour internships experience in our Computer Exchange, students 16 years of age and older will be eligible for 6-9 hours per week of part-time employment with the Club, repairing computers that will be given to local families in need.
For the Future CPA Academy, high school students can learn about accounting careers from The College of New Jersey and Rider University faculty and firms such as Withum and AICPA, including how to prepare a simple tax return utilizing the IRS Link & Learn. In the winter, students complete an internship in the United Way’s Free Income Tax program. During the spring term, they take field trips to local colleges and accounting firms.
Finally, for high school students interested in learning more about STEM and possible STEM careers, the Academy utilizes a curriculum developed and supported by Rutgers University and taught by Rutgers 4-H Youth Development staff. Students meet twice a week throughout the school year to explore various aspects of STEM.
For more information and to register for the open house visit the Club’s website at www.bgcmercer.org or call 609-695-6060 ext. 0