Kalamazu High School students gain money learning skills in a new student program

KALAMAZOO, MI – A new student program at Kalamazoo Community Schools, where high school students can study and earn money at the same time, is starting this week.

Students and their parents are welcome to help celebrate the new Career Launch Kalamazoo program, which begins at 6:00 p.m., Monday, April 11, Vice President Rita Raichudhuri said at a board meeting on Thursday.

A two-hour event at the West Main Professional Development Center, 1627 W. Main St.

Raychudhuri said the internship program is open to high school teenagers and adults from grades 2022 and 2023. Students can earn college credits, degrees and certificates and earn money at the same time. Salaries start at $ 15 an hour, he said.

The editor-in-chief said the students will receive paid training in the fields of information technology, health and manufacturing along with relevant classroom training at the Kalamazu Valley Community College (KVCC).

The inaugural event begins with a dinner and is followed by a speech by Mayor David Anderson. Also on Monday evening will be introduced representatives of partner employers, including city manager Jim Ritsema and KVCC president Marshall Washington.

The internship program was established with six employer partners: Kalamazoo City, Bronson Healthcare Group, The Kalamazoo Promise, KVCC, Flowserve and MANN + HUMMEL.

The district first announced the program in May 2021 after receiving a $ 25,000 grant from the Partnership for Youth Student Advancement. The Partnership was established in 2018 as a multi-stakeholder and stakeholder initiative that expands economic opportunities by assisting organizations across the country in developing youth apprenticeship programs.

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Raychudhuri said KPS was one of six recipients of a $ 1 million grant across the country to demonstrate the power of several post-graduate options in undermining the cycle of poverty in our society.

“We are very proud of this advanced program,” Raychudhuri said.

Those interested in participating should email Tracy Miller at millerty@kalamazoopublicschools.net.

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