Thursday March 01, 2018
Christine Lundie, formerly an advisor at the Big Picture School, a school within a school at South Burlington High School (SBHS), recently stepped into the position of coordinator of the high school’s Career Development Center (CDC). She took over the position from longstanding director Nancy LaVarnway, who retired in December. LaVarnway had spent 18 years building the CDC program at the high school.
Big Picture is a separate high school within SBHS where students get to direct their own learning through independent study. It gives students the independence to create and pursue learning opportunities, which often involves internships. Before this post, as a Big Picture advisor, Lundie gained valuable experience working with students and teaching them how to thrive in internships, a skill she plans to bring into her role with students in CDC.
“I have been working in the area of developing internships through Big Picture for seven years now, so I have developed some really awesome community partnerships, which I really appreciate,” Lundie explains.
Lundie describes her new role with enthusiasm. “I’m most excited about continuing to foster, develop, and support community partnerships between the school and the community.” Her position as CDC coordinator will allow Lundie to play a larger role in connecting students with the business community. “It never ceases to amaze me how generous the greater Burlington area is in terms of investing in students and their learning through internships and other types of partnerships, so I am really excited to keep that going.”
Lundie also values student internships for the importance they can play in a student’s life. “The learning that happens at internships is incredible; it’s real world, it helps students figure out what they want to do, and it’s really relevant in school.” Internship opportunities for teenagers allow them to try out and shadow different career paths, and they also help them develop important skills that are integral to being successful in a work environment.
As the SBHS CDC continues under new leadership, some changes can be expected. “Nancy LaVarnway left some big shoes to fill, so I hope I can add to that legacy,” says Lundie. She hopes “to see how we can expand on the great work that she’s done by shifting towards proficiency-based requirements and helping the school and the district to figure out how that fits with internships that the CDC administers.”
Under Lundie’s leadership, the CDC will continue its strong tradition of connecting SBHS students with the greater Burlington community.
SOURCE: Frankie Karnedy, CDC Correspondent