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Career ConnectWorkforce Growth

Union Public Schools’ Career Connect program – and our amazing students – may be the answer. We are interested in growing the workforce pipeline in high-demand fields by matching Tulsa-area companies and non-profits with high school students who are exploring career options. In exchange for offering internships, training, or community service opportunities, your organization benefits from:

  • enhanced community presence and industry familiarity;
  • a pool of prospective employees who have been pre-qualified;
  • an improved corporate culture with more engaged employees;
  • a mechanism to continuously improve training; and
  • the best feeling in the world . . . knowing you have made a difference in the life of a student!

 

Career Connect

Here's your chance to make a difference!

Career ConnectUnion is looking for partners across a variety of industries and interest areas, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Construction
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood
  • Future Educators
  • Information Technology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Manufacturing
  • Sports/Community
  • Medicine
  • Sports Marketing and
  • Promotion; and
  • Others (insert yourindustry here!)

Career Connect

About Career Connect

Career Connect is designed to give juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn through real-world experience. Union High School students enroll in an elective class and are placed in career internships or community service roles tailored to their particular interests. The program allows students to explore potential careers before graduation, helping them to make more informed decisions about their future.

Our students also have the opportunity to earn college credit and technical certifications (depending upon their area of interest) while still in high school. Paid internships and summer jobs are available in some programs.* After graduation, many students will attend college or seek other specialized career training. A number of Union students have successfully transitioned to full-time employment with Career Connect partners.

*Career Connect partners are not required to pay student interns, but it is an option.

Give opportunity
Industry Partner Requirements Career Connect

  • Sign and return a memorandum of understanding with Union Public Schools.
  • Complete Junior Achievement forms Volunteer Conduct Standards and Job Shadow/Consultant Agreement (to be eligible for a $1 million liability insurance policy, at no cost to the partner).
  • Host students at your location or job site.
  • Provide clear expectations and meaningful roles for students when they arrive.
  • Record attendance daily or weekly using an online program.
  • Report any problems, questions, or concerns to the program director (i.e., accidents or injuries, discipline issues, etc.).
  • Ensure students have personal protective equipment if needed.

Note: Use of an image or likeness of students on social media or allowing the news media access to students without permission from Union Public Schools is strictly prohibited.

 

Union's Commitment to Partners

A Union Career Connect counselor will:

  • make site visits to check on students
  • facilitate student assignments and choice of industry partners
  • clearly communicate students’ performance expectations on days school is in session and verify attendance
  • provide opportunities for students to reflect on their activities and assign grades
  • monitor attendance and performance of students; and
  • be the liaison between the school and industry partner

Career Connect

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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