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 San Ysidro Middle School Students Learn How a Business Works


Approximately 120 seventh grade students from San Ysidro Middle School took part in a hands-on Internship Day at Outlets at the Border last week, receiving a first-hand look behind the scenes of the businesses that operate there such as Cinnabon, Ghirardelli Chocolate, and Luggage Outlet. Approximately 120 seventh grade students from San Ysidro Middle School took part in a hands-on Internship Day at Outlets at the Border last week, receiving a first-hand look behind the scenes of the businesses that operate there such as Cinnabon, Ghirardelli Chocolate, and Luggage Outlet. 

Internship Day provides students with the opportunity to work together with professionals in shopping center management, marketing, customer service, security, and maintenance, as well as with employees the center’s retail stores to learn directly from these experts and their areas of expertise with a “hands-on” experience.

"The main purpose of Internship Day is to teach our students various aspects of business and being in the workforce," explained San Ysidro School District Public Relations and Community Services Coordinator Francisco Mata.

Following the visits, students provided small-group presentations to one another to showcase what they learned. The presentations help students connect skills that they learn in the classroom/school to skills needed in the workforce such as verbal skills, math skills, communication, punctuality, eye contact, and shaking hands.

Most of the San Ysidro School District's students are English Language Leaners and are at different levels in English proficiency. About 99% of the students are Latino and the majority are bilingual in English and Spanish.