Canastota students are getting a lesson from the small screen about how to be a professional. Their teacher has turned the show, “The Apprentice” into school work. They have a number of tasks they are working on, including contacting show creator, Donald Trump. Our Iris St. Meran has more on their progress and how they like experiencing a little bit of the real world while in school.
CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- "You're fired."
Those two words were made famous on Donald Trump's show “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” Now life is imitating art at Canastota Junior Senior High School in the elective “Canastota Apprentice.”
Canastota Junior-Senior High School Career and Technical Education Teacher Patricia Ragan said, "The idea for them is to gain real world experience through working with the community and to be able to be hired when they get out of school or to get into the college of their choice."
When it comes to their assignments, there have been a variety, including making an anti-bullying video. And, currently, a marketing campaign for Morrisville State College. The class teaches them how to be independent and work as a team to accomplish something: Skills that will help them beyond the halls.
"Public speaking, one of them, because that's really hard. Relations on how to relate everything with one another, how to advertise," said student Breanna Domena.
When they're done with their tasks, they have a boardroom meeting just like the show where someone will hear those two words.
Todd Maccarone said, "No one is safe in the boardroom. Literally, everyone is on the chopping block."
There's a lesson for those who do get fired: Try even harder the next time and don't give up.
One of the tasks the students had was to get Donald Trump's attention. They sent him a packet of information, detailing what they do in this classroom. And they were successful. He wrote back, sending them copies of his book and an autograph picture, telling them to work hard.
"You never thought that would actually happen, but it was shocking and I was definitely more intrigued in this class," said student Felicia Bernier.
A sign that with some effort and hard work, anything is possible.
The winner of Canastota Apprentice receives a laptop, gets to be their teacher's apprentice and can shadow the principal.