Career Center

Explore the world of work and discover your passions.

Thornton Academy Career Center’s goal is to prepare students to be the workforce of the future. The Career Center staff counsels students on best practices for job searching, resume writing, and interviewing.They also assist students in exploring careers by exposing them to workplaces that are a match with their skills and interests. These learning opportunities include job shadows, mentoring programs, and other community partnerships. The Career Center provides support for teachers in the classroom by bringing in presenters who teach students the connection between classroom learning and real world application.

I love Thornton Academy, because there are so many opportunities for you to explore the career you wish to do in the future. I wanted to see what a career in nursing or another healthcare profession would be like, and I have gotten lots of experience in the career I wish to pursue.

shania rodriguez '17 

Career Center Programs

Job Shadowing & Internships

At Thornton Academy, you can become who you want to be. The Career Center sets up internships and job shadows that provide Thornton Academy students the opportunity to get direct experience in a career to find out if it is a good fit before they even leave high school. Our goal is to help students find a career path that will lead them to happiness and fulfillment. Our School to Work program is one tool that allows students to begin thinking about their careers while planning their post-secondary educational plans. 

Our students have the opportunity to work with many community partners, including:

AG Engineers, Inc., Arundel Machine, Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders, Cianbro, Ferry Beach Ecology School, General Dynamics, IDEXX, J.D. Stewart Financial, Key Bank, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries, Mainely Media, Portland Jetport, Portland Sea Dogs, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank, Southern Maine Health Center, UNUM, WEX, WGME, WJBQ, WMTW, Yale Cordage

Tooling U Partnership

Thornton Academy has partnered with the ToolingU Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to offer an online training curriculum that promotes advanced workforce development. The Thornton Academy ToolingU SME program provides motivated students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma concurrently with a competency certificate in Precision Machining Theory. Tom Narciso, Instructor at Thornton Academy and Associate Professor at Southern Maine Community College, said, “The precision manufacturing industry is on the precipice of the long-awaited trend of diminishing supply of skilled labor. We need to put away the old stereotypes about shop class. This Tooling U SME program provides another pathway for students to experience the academic rigor connected with our industry.” Thornton Academy students who have enrolled and advanced in this program have already begun working at the North Berwick, Maine plant of Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corporation company that designs, manufactures, and services aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. Students may also intern at other area companies. In addition, students have the opportunity to work towards a degree or certificate at Southern Maine Community College.

Thornton Academy is also offering a semester long 3 college credit dual-enrollment course in Blue Print Reading for Industry. This course will assist students in the Precision Machining endeavor and other related career pathways.



Connecting Hearts and Minds….  The TA Way”

The TA Mentor Program is designed for juniors and seniors who have a strong desire to be a role model for younger students in grades K-8.  While not required, it is especially beneficial to students who are considering teaching as a profession.

TA Mentors connect Thornton Academy to local elementary schools and serve as community ambassadors. The program has a positive impact on students of many ages and provides learning experiences for all involved. Classroom teachers, mentors, and students build long-lasting relationships.

The TA Mentor program generates a unique opportunity to blend leadership, career exploration, and volunteerism. 

Job Application & Interview Skills

The Career Center teaches students important skills for job applications and interviews. Get tips on how to write a resume. Actually write your resume. Conduct a mock interview. Learn what to say (and what not to say) during a job interview. 

The Career Center at Thornton Academy wants all students to learn skills that will help them secure a position to maximize their skills. Whether it's a summer job or a career after high school, the Career Center can help you get the job you need!

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