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Moline School-City Internship Program

The City of Moline and the school district want to help students explore possible careers with the city. Monday night, the school board will vote on a plan to set up an internship program.

Assistant Superintendent Matt DeBaene says the school board and city want to help young people learn about possible jobs with the city after they graduate.

"In an effort with that, and in partnership with the city and discussions with the city, as you know with the current economic environment a lot of employers are looking to be able to grow the next batch of employees."

First, students will tour city departments including, engineering, water treatment, and public works. Then, they can apply for a six-week, paid internship this summer, spending one week with each department. The students who decide to continue will choose one of the six areas to specialize in for another internship next year.

DeBaene says the goal of the program is to help students prepare for a career.

"Our focus for students in any career pathway be it certification, be it straight from school to work, be it through wanting to do something with a college degree, regardless we want students to be able to explore and learn."

The program will go before the school board Monday night, and pending approval, he expects about 25 students, now in their junior year, to participate.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.