Internship program helps students achieve

By: Bidhu Jha, MLA for Radisson

Originally published in The Lance

June 19, 2013

MLA Bidhu Jha presented his Proactivity Award to Windsor Park CIP recipient Sarah Lupky at the June 5 CIP Luncheon.

For students, June is an important and busy month. It marks the end of a year of hard work — of handing in assignments, studying, writing tests and exams. For the Grade 12 students who are finishing their final days of high school, June is a time of goodbyes and new beginnings.

Students throughout our province are working hard. With the help of dedicated teachers and school staff, they are experiencing much success. Since 2002, the high school graduation rate has increased by over 18%, making last year’s graduation rate 84.1%.

As MLA for Radisson, I have been working with our government to promote and reward young people to build their careers through education and training. This year, our government is investing over $1.2 billion in education because we want all students to receive the education and programs that will ensure improved performance and achievement.

One remarkable educational program that is helping engage youth at Windsor Park Collegiate is the Career Internship Program (CIP). CIP has partnered with over 600 businesses and not-for-profit organizations to provide students with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to secure employment.

Through CIP, students volunteer in the community, enhance their public speaking skills, write business plans, participate in internships for two to eight weeks and job shadow. This superb program teaches real-life skills and gives students a chance to explore career paths. I congratulate teachers, parents and students for keeping up with this great program.

At the beginning of June, the CIP hosted their annual luncheon where I was pleased to present my annual 2013 Proactivity Award. Once a year, I get the wonderful opportunity to award scholarships to high school students in Radisson. The scholarships encourage future excellence by giving students much-deserved recognition for having improved their work and contributed to their school communities.

Working with the local school divisions, the scholarships I have been able to support are:

Collège Béliveau – Most Improved in the French Language

Windsor Park Collegiate – Most Improved Student

Windsor Park Collegiate – Most Proactive Student

Immanuel Christian School – Most Improved Student

The King’s School – Most Improved Student

Arts & Technology Centre (ATC) – Student Who Has Overcome Adversity

If you have any questions about these awards, please contact my constituency office 204-222-0074 or email me at

As your MLA, I see our young people as the future of our communities and our country, and as a parent, I encouraged my children to continue their education. Congratulations to all of the students graduating this year. No matter what the immediate future holds, I wish all recent graduates well in their journeys ahead!