Nine fortunate Malden Catholic High School students recently completed the school’s first Summer Apprenticeship Program, matching up MC students with prominent alumni in the fields of finance, business, law, engineering, public relations and sports management.
Senior Jeremy Mitchell, of Revere, completed a 4-week internship for Allied Marketing in Cambridge, under the watchful eye of its owner and prominent businessman, Mr. Joseph O’Donnell ’62. Mitchell was incredibly thankful for the opportunity “It really opened my eyes to marketing and public relations, and how Allied uses so many different avenues to market its clients. While I learned a lot about how marketing works, the biggest thing I learned while working at Allied is how meaningful relationships are in the business world.”
Mr. Robert McCarthy, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, said “Malden Catholic students are not only learning about future career possibilities, but also having the opportunity to experience first-hand how classroom learning relates to the various professional industries. Our alumni business leaders are role models for our students building confidence, elevating self-esteem, inspiring new goals, and raising future aspirations transforming classroom learning and challenging our students to go "plus ultra" today and in the future.”
The inaugural class of nine apprentices applied for the positions through an essay and application process. They were chosen from over 40 applicants. The Apprenticeship Program included a kick-off BBQ and a Business Training Seminar giving an overview of business etiquette and expectations.
Boys Division Principal Brother Thomas Puccio, said “We are very excited about the launch of our Apprenticeship Program. We dream of a day when all our students can enjoy an internship experience through one of our many successful alumni. Such experiences will give them much better insights into college choices, academic majors, and career pathways after Malden Catholic.”
The inaugural Alumni Hosts were:
- Mr. Joseph O’Donnell ’62; Founder, Boston Culinary Group
- Mr. Richard LeBranti ’94, CFP; Co-Founder at Doble LeBranti Financial Group
- Mr. Nicolas Gennetti ’02; Corporate – Manager of Operations; The Herb Chambers Companies
- Mr. Christopher Caprio ’95; Chief Financial Officer, Focus Technology Solutions
- Mr. Roberto Di Marco ’91; Partner, Foster, Walker & DiMarco, P.C.
- Mr. Paul Sullivan ’87; President, R.W. Sullivan Engineering
- Mr. Brian Heffron ’83; EVP, Partner, CTP Boston
- Mr. Thomas Arria ’96; Director of Athletics, Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School
Now in its 88th year, Malden Catholic High School, the codivisional high school, annually places ninety-nine percent of its seniors in college. On average, they successfully complete college at a rate of 80%, significantly higher than the national college-completion rate of 57%.
A Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, Malden Catholic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. More information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org.
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