Have you ever thought about going to work and school right inside of a theme park? Impossible you say?! Well, I raise you one Universal Education Center. No, I’m not kidding…for 25 years the Orange County Public School System has been teaming up with Universal Orlando to give students a unique experience that has culminated in the opening of a new facility, the Universal Education Center.
This center allows students to work right inside the theme park! See, we weren’t pulling your leg. The Universal Education Center (UEC), is a fantastic school-to-work program based in Orlando and run by the two entities.
So, what exactly is the UEC! It’s a school, but not just any school! Complete with four classrooms, the UEC is a technology-filled space dedicated to alternative learning for its students. Students complete their coursework within the school and then head off to work within the parks! Pretty cool, huh?
The UEC is complete with brand-new tools available to its bright, young students as well as a fully functioning computer lab, and to celebrate its opening students, past graduates, and faculty was given an exclusive tour of the new facility. Guests of the ceremony were treated to face-to-face talks with staff and faculty, plus past students. Many of which shared their pleasure of the close-knit bonds developed and small group interactions. Many students expressed that the culture and its commitment to work and school show in all aspects of their lives.
In addition, guests were also provided education regarding the Mentorship Program. Probably one of the coolest aspects of the UEC, current Universal Orlando Team Members meet with students every week and provide support and guidance as they made their way through scholastic studies and work experiences.
The program, in all of its uniqueness, is a great one. With a focus on both education and practical application, students seem as if they will be ready for the challenges of the work-place prior to graduating…and that my friends, is something that can never be taken from you!
Courtesy of UniversalOrlando.com
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