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New Canaan Seniors Swap School for Internships

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Jake Granito will not be sitting in the classroom for the final few weeks of his New Canaan High School career. Instead, he’ll be getting his hands dirty.

Granito, 17, will put in work demolishing and rebuilding kitchens with Deane Inc. It's exactly how he wants to close out his senior year.

“I’d rather be on a job site than sitting in a class and learning the same stuff over and over,” said Granito, one of 32 New Canaan High seniors taking part in the school’s Senior Internship Program. “I’m a huge fan of landscaping and construction.”

This is the second year of the program, created to give New Canaan High seniors a taste of the working world before heading off to college. Students will work for credit at a number of businesses and organizations in New Canaan, Darien, Stamford and Norwalk starting May 21. Other businesses taking on interns include the Philip Johnson Glass House, the Bank of New Canaan and Worry Free Labs.

Pete Deane, owner of Deane Inc. and a 1988 graduate of New Canaan High School, said he’s happy to take Jake on board and show him how the ropes.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to get a sense of the work environment from outside the classroom and expose them to different industries,” Deane said. “It’s a win-win for the intern as well as the employer. I think they’ll get great value out of it.”

Granito, whose grandfather is a mason, said he has always been interested in construction and plans to go into the business once his school days are over. The captain of the New Canaan hockey team will attend the Millbrook School, a prep school in New York, next fall.

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