Career Partners Help Avenue Scholars Get to Work!
The Avenue Scholars program was an idea generated in 2008 by a group of Omaha philanthropists to help students of hope and need advance through a successful post-secondary experience to a meaningful career. Their idea has become a reality with the Avenue Scholars Foundation helping over 600 students along this path.
With the the incoming class of 159 Avenue Scholars for the 2013-14 school year, Scholars will follow the footsteps of our pioneering classes, many of whom are now completing programs at Metropolitan Community College and entering the workforce. Since meaningful employment in a field that matches the strengths and interests of each Avenue Scholar is our ultimate goal, this year it is appropriate that we declare “Let’s Get to Work” to be the rallying cry for our Foundation
To help our Scholars understand what it takes to succeed in the workplace, we have formed partnerships with several local businesses. Our “Career Partners” have helped develop work “exploration” experiences in which Scholars learn about potential careers.
Starting in their junior year in high school, Avenue Scholars are able to explore career possibilities, skill-set requirements, behavioral expectations and pathways to local entry-level positions. Our Scholars have embraced the program and praise the ways in which the sessions have broadened their horizons and created hope for their futures.
If your company is looking for talented young people on a full-time, part-time or intern basis, please contact me or our Career Team Leader, Terry Fischer. Adding Avenue Scholars to your workforce can make a positive difference for your business and help our students jump-start their careers.
Many thanks to our Board and business, community and education partners for all that they do to help our Avenue Scholars “Get to Work.”
Kenneth M. Bird, Ed.D.