City of Toledo and TPS Launch CO-OP Initiative
Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson along with Toledo Public Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Romules Durant and Mr. Don Czerniak, president of Local 7, announced the creation of a CO-OP program that will allow 18 high school Juniors and Seniors to work at the City of Toledo. The CO-OP program is part of the Mayor’s initiative to provide Toledo youth with real employment opportunities.
CO-OP training will begin in January 2018 where these students will learn resume writing, interview skills and other soft skills before beginning their coop term in June for six weeks. The 18 students will be placed in different areas throughout the city including Public Services and Public Utilities as utility worker, clerical specialist, watermain and service repair worker to name a few.
Students are selected by TPS teachers who were already in a career and technology pipeline. These students have demonstrated a strong GPA, citizen engagement, provide a letter of recommendation, a letter of purpose and have a good attendance record.
TPS will provide funding for liability coverage, transportation, work related clothing and supplies. Local 7 is assisting by providing opportunities for the youth for a potential of long term employment.
“The CO-OP program with TPS is an exciting initiative that the city has started to help stream young talent into the city workforce. We have young people in this great city who have talent and heart. We are helping them understand that there is a place for them here at the City,” says Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.
“Toledo Public Schools’ mission is to ensure that our students are college and career ready upon graduation,” said Dr. Romules Durant. “Hands on learning experiences such as these internships are invaluable opportunities for students. The guidance they will receive by working with professionals within the City of Toledo will give them an advantage in the workforce.”
“We want to provide an opportunity for our youth and with the support of our mayor, we are giving TPS students a place to learn, grow and hopefully, start a career,” says Don Czerniak, president, Local 7.