High school students will get paid internships, jobs with the city |

While you were sleeping, there were high school students from the Pittsburgh Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Emergency Response Program following the City of Pittsburgh EMTs. As these paramedics made calls, saving lives, the students got to see it firsthand.

One day they will become emergency medical technicians and also help save lives.

Throughout the city there were PPS students in the CTE’s machine operation program, who went with City of Pittsburgh employees to the city’s sign shop and saw where and how they made all the signs you see in the city.

Currently, many of the approximately 560 high school students enrolled in CTE’s 16 programs at six high schools go on field trips or job shadowing, learning the ropes of the “trade” with the professionals who do this kind of things to earn a living. .

Angela Mike, executive director of the CTE program, called field trips and job shadowing “base 1 and base 2” of the three-part plan between PPS and the city of Pittsburgh to give students “pathways to prosperity”. In fact, it’s the name of Mayor Ed Gainey’s initiative to connect young people with jobs in the fields of RHVAC (refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning), machining, carpentry, emergency response, cosmetology , auto body repair, health technology, information technology, business administration, culinary arts, multimedia production/coding and other fields.

For the city, it was a no-brainer to partner more with PPS’s CTE program, giving the city access to so many students who want to make great careers for themselves. The expanded partnership was announced on September 9.

What is different about this partnership and previous partnerships between the CTE program and the city is that internships and paid jobs will be offered to high school students in the program starting in the spring of 2023.

“Without our young people, there is no future,” Mayor Gainey said in a statement provided to the New Pittsburgh Courier. “Our job as leaders is to make sure you have an opportunity and a path to a career where you can live a safe and prosperous life for you and your family. This new partnership between the City of Pittsburgh, Public Schools in Pittsburgh and business leaders from virtually every sector of our economy is the beginning of creating new paths to prosperity for Pittsburgh students.

“My goal each year is to make sure every student has a confirmed plan before they graduate,” Mike told the Courier, “and this partnership helps make that happen.”

Mike said there are 140 high school students enrolled in PPS’s CTE programs. She said they were excited about the paid internships and jobs available. She also praised Mayor Gainey for his “major expansion” of the city’s partnership with the ETC.

“CTE needs its partners to thrive,” she added. “We need partners who are committed to delivering tangible results to our students, as we strive to prepare them for essential careers on family wages. This expanded partnership with the City of Pittsburgh is an important part of our division’s upward trajectory and our long-standing mission to help address critical labor shortages in our region.

“‘Prepare to Prosper’ (the official name of PPS’s CTE initiative) is a true demonstration of the power of partnership and what can happen when we adults work together to put students first,” said Superintendent Wayne N. Walters, Ed.D, said in a statement. “We are grateful to Mayor Ed Gainey and the City of Pittsburgh for their investment in our students through real-world work experiences and, ultimately, in securing their economic sustenance through full-time, career-scale employment. .”

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