Lakota Adds Three New Partners to Internship Program Student Options to Explore Financial, Biomedical Fields are Numerous

Lakota Adds Three New Partners to Internship Program Student Options to Explore Financial, Biomedical Fields are Numerous

Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome its three newest business partners – the Center for Foot Care, First Financial Bank and Valley Central Bank – to its growing portfolio of high school student internships. This brings the district’s total count to 15 local business partners supporting career exploration and regional workforce development among Lakota high school students.

“For student internships, we continue to focus our attention on business sectors with a high demand for new and skilled talent,” said Lakota Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia. “The financial and biomedical industries are booming here in our community and across the nation. It’s wonderful to link students up with professionals who are passionate about what they do and eager to recruit into their field.”

All three organizations will offer their first student internship experience during this summer’s program, each consisting of multiple rotations over multiple days. This is the model Lakota has established with most of its partners. In total, about 45 juniors and seniors will be selected to participate in one of ten different summer program options ranging from local government, finance and sales to communications, business operations and biomedical sciences.

With its newest location in Liberty Township, the Center for Foot Care specializes in podiatry, or the treatment of foot and ankle conditions. Two students will gain exposure to the biomedical side of the small business, exploring imaging, pharmacy, diagnostic testing, clinical treatment and even surgery. Students will also learn about the mechanics of operating a small business, including the value of customer relations and patient services.

“We are excited to be partnering with Lakota through this internship program,” said Dr. Kristin Titko, a board-certified podiatrist and the Center’s sole practitioner. “The medical environment is changing rapidly in the local community and has some exciting opportunities for those looking to enter this challenging field. By introducing the students to podiatry, a medical specialty, we hope to enlighten their decision-making process and build a stronger medical community in our area.”

The two students participating in the First Financial Bank experience will get an inside look at the operations of Cincinnati’s second-largest financial institution, visiting three different locations in Springdale, downtown Hamilton and downtown Cincinnati. They will explore such facets as client services, information technology, product management and marketing. Program leaders say students will gain a strong understanding of the business’s client-centered, value-added approach to business and retail banking.

"The success of our clients and of our communities is paramount to the mission of First Financial Bank,” said Greg Goold, First Financial Learning and Development Director. ”This program will allow First Financial and Lakota Local Schools to showcase the many career opportunities available in the financial industry. We are truly honored to be part of this program and are thrilled to work with the exceptional students at Lakota.”

The two students selected by Valley Central Bank in Liberty Township will participate in six different rotations, including accounting via the bank’s controller, customer service via the tellers, commercial and residential lending and sales, branch management, loan underwriting and even business operations from the perspective of the CEO.

“Financial education is a must for everyone. Exposing the next generation of leaders, as represented by Lakota students, is mission critical to the growth and prosperity of our community,” said Joanna Gaynor, president of Valley Central Bank. “Being a locally owned and operated community bank, we are particularly driven to enhance the community in which we live and work. With the internship program, we are able to provide an opportunity to learn, explore, and collaborate with our team of financial professionals. It is an exciting time to be on the front-line of financial services and learn the power of banking within a community."

Lakota high school students can explore other potential careers through Lakota’s other business partners: UC Health West Chester Hospital, Procter & Gamble, Kinetic Vision, Atrium Medical Center, ABC Pediatric Therapy Network, ProSource, Emery Federal Credit Union, WMKV-FM. both West Chester and Liberty townships, Community First Solutions, Ethicon and now, the Center for Foot Care, First Financial Bank and Valley Central Bank.

To learn more about Lakota’s internship program, please visit internships.