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Da Vinci Extension Students Learn from the Best at On-Site Boot Camps

(February 2017) -- Deutsch advertising agency and Kinecta Federal Credit Union recently hosted boot camps for Da Vinci Extension (DVX) students who are beginning paid internships as part of their college and career-ready curriculum. The boot camps, held at our professional partners' workplaces, were designed to prepare students for a real-world work environment.

At Deutsch, the Director of Communications, Director of Design, Director, of Creative, and Director of Accounts offered tips about networking and making a good first impression. Topics such as "how to be professional in an unprofessional environment", "making connections, not friendships", and "how to craft a personal elevator pitch" were covered. Arianna Cooke, a 13th year DVX student now interning at 72andSunny, shared that it was "nice to know that not everyone (at 72andSunny) knew what they wanted to do in life and went on a path to search for something that matched their interests." DVX 13th year student Jacob Victorica shared that he appreciated "how the employees gave real insight about their industry and past work experiences. The Design Director's perspective was interesting because of how he got to the position he is in by just connecting with other people."


At Kinecta Federal Credit Union, students learned concrete financial literacy skills needed such as how to complete the first-day forms necessary to get hired, how to calculate taxes and exemptions, utilize credit responsibly, and basic budgeting. Students heard great advice from Kinecta employees in the areas of HR, Credit and Collections, Innovation and Application Delivery, and Community Relations.

We are deeply grateful to all our industry partners for investing their time and talent in our students. We look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate so our students are prepared for college and 21st century jobs.


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