Students pilot local Field Work Term program

Feb 19, 2010

Field Work Term is typically a time for students to take their interests to the world beyond Bennington, pursuing jobs and internships that complement their studies, and experiencing new cities in the meanwhile. But for a group of enterprising students this year, the past seven weeks were spent with several nonprofits located right here in the College's backyard

Participating in Bennington's new FWT pilot program, these 16 students worked with 11 organizations in Bennington and North Bennington, including schools, counseling services, family support centers, and other community-based agencies. The program was designed to help students better understand the working world, explore how large national issues impact the local region, and to become more integrated into the Bennington and North Bennington communities.

"It's been extremely helpful," said Linda Donigan, a children's librarian at the Benningon Free Library, where Erica Frohnhoefer '12 has been helping run the after-school program. "It's wonderful to have a young person with a lot of talent and a lot of energy join us ... I think it really has enriched our community." 

Donigan was interviewed by the Bennington Banner as part of a recent article on the program.

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