The Insurance & Finance Pathway at Weaver High School

Career Pathways

Advancing Academic Excellence & Career-Connected Learning

Thank you to all WHS I&F pathway supporters, including key partners:

ReadyCT is supporting the Weaver High School Insurance & Finance Pathway (WHS I&F) — a STEM-focused community igniting students’ passion for learning!

Based on the NAF educational design model, this pathway offers themed insurance and finance (I&F) instruction informed by an industry advisory board that serves as an essential bridge between school and the workplace.

Pathway students engage in year-round work-based learning that teaches employability skills (e.g., time management, teamwork, work ethic, and communication skills), how to use Microsoft Office and Google Workspace, financial literacy, and business writing so that students are well prepared for internships, and beyond.

The pathway experience will prepare students for work-based learning opportunities during high school, for career, for college, and for their long-term success! 

If you are interested in learning more about the WHS I&F pathway including offering internships or related work-based learning opportunities, contact syreeta.rawlings@readyCT.org.  

Meet some of the students

Employers Deliver Overwhelmingly Positive Reviews of
Weaver High School I&F Pathway Interns

“Weaver interns complete work in a quick and timely manner, they show attention to detail, and they exhibit an ability to learn and apply new skills. These students are positive about their co-workers and have an eagerness to learn from staff and other interns, remaining open to new ways of doing things.”
John Griffin, Program Director
Pathways Entrepreneurial Labs (PELabs)

Fast Facts from the Weaver High School I&F Pathway

  • Number of Participants: 300+, grades 10 through 12. 
  • Theme: Insurance & finance, with required courses and concentrations in business management, finance, entrepreneurship, insurance, and business marketing/communications.
  • Graduate Outcomes: For the class of ‘20, 30 WHS I&F pathway students graduated and enrolled in college.
  • Opportunity: For the 2020-21 academic year, 51 WHS I&F pathway students were dual enrolled (high school & college) and working toward industry-recognized credentials.
  • Other: WHS I&F pathway students can participate in the Be Entrepreneurial challenge and other local/national work-based learning activities directly connected to the I&F industry.
  • A Note About Internships: Paid internship experiences are made possible through the generous support of Travelers, KPMG, The Hartford, and Cognizant, and these same partners have pledged to continue support of paid internships at WHS through 2021. For summer 2022, 43 WHS I&F pathway students completed an 80+ hour paid internship, and accomplishments that can be applied towards their NAFTrack Certifications. 

Student Voices

Taylor Wilson, Class of ’23

Weaver High School

Taylor completed two NAF Future Ready Lab internships.
 

“I am really grateful to be part of this program. Without this, I wouldn’t know the opportunities available in the business world and the jobs that I could have in the future.”

Calibe Simpson, Class of ’23

Weaver High School

Calibe completed her first G.R.I.T internship in the summer of ’22.

“All the tools that I am learning in this program will be very helpful in the career pathway I want to pursue, which is accounting or entrepreneurship.”

Mohammed Shurav Hossain Sawan, Class of ’23

Weaver High School

MD Shurav completed his first NAF Future Ready Lab internship.

“In this program, I’ve learned teamwork, time management, presentation, and communication skills. I believe that the tools that I’ve learned will help me to be more professional and ready for my future career.”

Asia Hamilton, Class of ’24

Weaver High School

Asia completed her first G.R.I.T internship in summer ’22.

“Because of this program, I overcame the fear of communication. Today, I am able to apply the skills I learned in my school and personal life.”

Partnership Acknowledgement

We remain grateful to Hartford Public High School for their partnership with this effort. We also thank the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers, for providing the resources necessary to make this inspired learning pathway a true opportunity for hundreds of public school students in Hartford.