Job program teams with St. Vincent’s

In an effort to introduce high school students of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to career opportunities, MPS has announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC).

The MOU outlines a pilot initiative with Harold S. Vincent High School for the 2016-17 academic year. Seniors at Vincent will receive regular visits from Sheboygan County employers such as Sargento Foods and Nemak to discuss career and job opportunities.

Over the course of the year, students will get to know the careers, jobs with college tuition reimbursement, summer jobs, internships, and the skills needed to jump-start their adult working-lives.

During the year, students of Vincent High will have the chance to visit Sheboygan County and the companies they are interested in working for to ensure a good fit.

At the end of the year a career fair will be held for students to help connect Vincent High students with the 3,000+ untapped career opportunities in Sheboygan County as seen on SomeplaceBetter.org.

“Our students need to be aware of the different job opportunities that exist throughout Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Joe’Mar Hooper, MPS Director of Business, Community and Family Partnerships.

“We are pleased the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation is reaching out to our students to expand both opportunities and job awareness. It’s a creative and strategic way to link students and prospective employers.”

MPS was approached by the SCEDC as they are already collaborating with successful Milwaukee-area employment programs such as The Joseph Project.

“The American Dream of a job you can take pride in is still alive,” noted the Workforce Development Specialist Austin Van Treeck, “but as we have learned in our very successful The Joseph Project, it is crucial to provide people with a network of connections and skills to build opportunity.”

“Sheboygan County currently has more job offerings than people; many jobs offer family-sustainable wages that can fill a gap for graduates without post-school plans,” Sara Spicer of the SCEDC reflected.

“After visiting Vincent High School last year and seeing the energy and passion the students had, it was inspiring. The students were eager to learn more about the career options and had such positive attitudes about what the future held for them after graduation. These students will be a great asset to any employer.”

There is no cost to MPS for any of the services provided to MPS students, families, faculty, or administration.

Students and parents of Vincent High who are interested in learning about the opportunities should contact their student’s guidance counselor. Companies interested in participating should contact the SCEDC offices at (920) 452-2479.


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