The Summer Jobs Program Provides Work Experience

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By Brooklyn Bass, UCHS Class of 2015

Do you remember your first job? Students in The School District of University City have a unique opportunity to learn valuable job skills and earn money through a special partnership with the City of University City and the District. The Summer Jobs Program, coordinated by former school board member Ellen Bern and Christine Woodward, a social worker at University City High School, helps the District fulfill its mission of graduating students who are college and career ready.

Summer Jobs offers rebates to local businesses that hire young adults. This year, 24 students found employment with 21 businesses in the University City area through this program. 

“I’m really delighted,” Bern said. “We’ve gotten fabulous reviews from our business community. They are delighted with our students. And it’s a great opportunity for our students to get that first-job experience—which they may not get as easily on their own."

Students ended the 2016 summer session with tours at four local businesses in the Delmar Loop: the headquarters of Answers.com, OSO: A Style Lab, Meshuggah’s Café and Doughocracy.

The first stop at Answers.com included an extensive tour led by UCHS alumna, Cat Simpson. Students learned about the innovative Answers.com platform and potential careers in the technology industry.

From Answers.com, students trekked in light rain to OSO: A Style Lab, a new clothing boutique targeting quirky millennials. Students were awed by the artsy presentation of boutique items while listening to co-owner Jen Rieger explain her experiences as a new entrepreneur. Afterwards, many students expressed interest in finding employment there in the near future.

“I actually have employed a U City student in the past,” said Rieger. “She did very well.”

At Meshuggah’s Café, coordinators, Woodward and Bern facilitated a group discussion about student experiences with the program. Students discussed the importance of customer service and reflected on career-based lectures they attended. UCHS senior Gillian Blount believes the program has positively affected her future by teaching her how to navigate the employment process.

“I feel like I will be more prepared for interviews,” said Blount. “I know to dress nicely, have questions prepared, and to be comfortable—to be myself when I get interviewed.”

Blount and other program participants ended their morning at the posh pizza eatery, Doughocracy. While dining on specialty pizza, the students were noticing and buzzing about customer service practices they observed.

“They now have a better appreciation for the world of work and a little money in their pockets” Bern said.

"Under the Big Top" Theme for Oct. 1 Homecoming

5 days ago

Students, families, friends and alumni are anxiously anticipating homecoming festivities set for October 1, 2016. This year's theme is "Under the Big Top." The homecoming parade steps off at 10am in the Delmar Loop and proceeds along the traditional route along Delmar to Hanley Road and into the stadium. Parade entry applications are now available. For more information about homecoming activities contact us at communications@ucityschools.org.

Luebbers named regional Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to 2016-17 University City Teacher of the Year, Nancy Luebbers of Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School, who has been named a St. Louis Regional Teacher of the Year and will apply for the state-level competition.
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