The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Western Career Prep High School has won the 2016 Reach HIRE Award, sponsored by Michigan Works Southeast.
The Reach HIRE award honors an individual or organization that has displayed an extraordinary commitment to developing today’s workforce to support the future of Jackson County’s economy. Award criteria include: measurable job growth/retention, collaboration with education and creativity.
Western Career Prep High School partners with local businesses, allowing students to explore various careers through guest speakers, industry specific fieldtrips, and work-study opportunities. The program offers a unique work-study opportunity that allows students to earn their final high school credits while they work full time with area businesses.
“Over the past few years, our staff has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to create a program that prepares students with the skills needed to be successful employees after high school,” commented Principal Jared Vickers. “While exploring career pathways, students at Western Career Prep High School earn their high school diploma and develop career goals for life after high school.”
In addition, Western Career Prep High School has transformed the high school experience from focusing on just earning a diploma to allowing students to develop employability and soft skills through various elective courses. By acquiring these skills, students are prepared to enter the workforce or attend college immediately after high school.
“Michigan Works! Southeast understands the value in recognizing and celebrating the commitment our community demonstrates in developing a strong workforce,” commented Nicole Bell, Communications Manager. “The Reach HIRE Award is one way we are able to showcase and applaud a local employer for taking the extra step in going above and beyond in supporting our community!”
The Jackson County Chamber will recognize Western Career Prep High School at its Annual Meeting on January 26, 2017 at Jackson College from 5:30-9pm. Tickets are $60 and available atwww.JacksonChamber.org or by calling (517) 782-8221.