Posted Date: 05/13/2022
Students who completed the Union Career Connect intern program this year were recognized Thursday afternoon, May 12, during its annual awards ceremony at the Union Collegiate Academy.
The City of Tulsa and Union business partners who shepherded students in various work locales this past year recognized the interns with certificates and fun awards. A few may even have jobs waiting for them after graduation.
Senior Angel Mendoza won the coveted Learning with a Wrench Award of Excellence, receiving a large adjustable Crescent wrench. He received the honor from Gary Burr, shop supervisor for the City of Tulsa and the Learning with a Wrench intern program, a partnership between the city of Tulsa and Union Public Schools.
Many of the mechanics from the City of Tulsa, including two Union graduates, also attended the event to watch the awards, after being away for the last few years due to Covid-19.
The Union Career Connect program, which started as part of that initial partnership between the city of Tulsa and union, honored student interns ranging from mechanics to future educators to culinary students.
Rue Ramsey, vice president of Workforce and Economic Development for the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, served as guest speaker, who talked about the importance of the labor force, commending the adults in the room for making the intern program possible. She lauded students for participating, reminding them of the importance to bring forward their talents to help the community. She reminded them of the importance to network and getting to know the adults in their career fields, which only helps their ability to find good careers.
Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler also commended the students and thanked the partners and community leaders for working with students. Career Connect Advisor LaQuisha Jackson also singled out a number of students and industry partners for praise, as she talked about ow students can participate in the program to see if a career is right for them before they graduate high school.
Representatives from each industry in the Union Career Connect program then recognized students for their work this past year, representing the City of Tulsa Automotive, Mayor Bynum’s office, early childhood education, future educators, construction, culinary arts, law enforcement, technology, CNA Pilot Program, and CPT Manufacturing.
A number of High School students in the Career Connect program collected honors at the All Star Awards Reception hosted in the Grand hall Thursday afternoon.
These two students earned their CNA certifications through Career Connect this year and spent time working in healthcare facilities. We know the world needs more great nurses right now and are thankful they have already started down that career path. Congratulations ladies! #futurenurse #wherewillUgo
Remember these faces! You may see them around @unionschools in just a few years as teachers! Through our Future Educators and Early Childhood Educators programs, they spent time every day in classrooms across the district - serving students, helping teachers, and learning what it takes to be an educator! We future teachers!
In partnership with @nsuriverhawks Broken Arrow campus, these two future educators earned college credit for their participation in our Career Connect Future Educators program! Way to go!
These Culinary interns assisted our district chefs with not only daily food preparation, but also special events that were catered by the district! They did a great job this year and had a ton of fun!
Our CPT manufacturing interns are #careerready! For the first time in Career Connect history, this group of interns passed every one of their 10 certification tests (certifications like OSHA 30) on the first attempt! Way to go! Thank you to @aaonhvac for hosting and to Don Crawl for training our students!
Our Law Enforcement interns worked in schools throughout the district this year, assisting district security with student safety. Great job interns!
Did you visit the IT help desk this year? If so, you probably received help from one of these fantastic IT interns! As a part of their Career Connect internship, they earned a Dell certification and a Google certification, along with a myriad of other valuable IT skills! Thanks for your service, IT interns!
Congratulations to our Career Connect Automotive Interns for a successful year learning and working at the @cityoftulsa garage. Collectively, they earned 390 industry automotive certifications! Way to go interns!
The Union Career Connect program provides students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers while still in high school. Thanks to partnerships with local businesses, non-profits and certain departments at Union Public Schools, students can explore almost any career through service learning and job shadowing. Hear from advisors and students in the program, check out some of the exciting internships taking place and learn how you can get involved in the Career Connect program at Union High School.