COC, city partner to create building inspection internships – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

COC, city partner to create building inspection internships – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

After the successful rollout of an automotive technology internship program offered through the City of Santa Clarita in February, College of the Canyons has launched a second internship program with the City for students interested in building inspection careers.

The internship program, which launched this summer, is giving three COC building inspection students the opportunity to ride along for inspections, assist at the City counter with plan-checks, and learn about customer service to experience the practical side of building codes.

“It’s been working well,” said Chuck Strong, Supervising Building Inspector for the City of Santa Clarita. “They get to ride with seasoned building inspectors and get a glimpse of what it’s really like. This program will get them going on the right path by helping them see what they have to know by working one-on-one with inspectors in the field.”

Through these internships facilitated by the COC internship program, Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE), the City demonstrates a commitment to civic engagement and the value of offering opportunities for students in career related programs.

“These internships are well thought out and include the most important element, mentoring,” said Gina Bogna, Assistant Dean of Internships, Job Development and Career Center. “Mentoring is the crux of an internship that sets itself apart from internships where the student does menial tasks such as fetching coffee or paper shredding.”

For COC student Jennifer Turcios, the internship is exactly what she was looking for to return to the workforce.

“I’m a mom who is returning back to my field and needed to get…

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