Work Study Program is a win-win

Stafford High School students and Stafford businesses are engaged in a win-win partnership.

Stafford High seniors Eduardo Mateos and Maria Camacho are two of the students who are completing paid internships this year. The students can work up to 20 hours per week.

Mateos is working for OnSiteDecals, a Stafford-based company that creates the decals for police, fire and emergency services. Camacho is employed with Redi Carpet, which does multifamily flooring installation. Redi Carpet’s corporate headquarters (and its Houston area office) are located in Houston.

Mateos is interested in Graphic Design, and working in print production allows him the opportunity to learn more about the field.

His direct supervisor is OnSiteDecals Print Production Lead Jamal Mack, a 2008 Stafford High School graduate.

“Every day, Eduardo improves on something,” Mack said. “He’s hard working and positive.”

Jerry Langley, Chief Operating Officer for OnSiteDecals, said it’s special to be able to “give back to the community” through providing opportunities to students in the community.

Carla Heisler, Office Manager at Redi Carpet, said the company has been fortunate to have Camacho on staff.

“Filing is one of the most important jobs,” Heisler said. “People sometimes don’t realize that until they need to find something important.”

Camacho said her career plans include becoming a Registered Nurse, but she enjoys the opportunity to work closely with a friendly, hard-working team.

According to Deborah Nordt, Stafford College & Career Center Director, the work-study program is in its third year.

“There are a variety of benefits a student can gain from participating in an internship while they are still in high school,” Nordt said. “Internships are a great way for high school students to obtain valuable work experience.  As interns, students have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge to real work experiences, witnessing firsthand the day-to-day job duties they can expect to encounter in their chosen field.”