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“New opportunities:” MPS students prepare for future, learn about potential careers

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MILWAUKEE -- In just two years, 16-year-old O'Daris Gill will be graduating high school, but he's already preparing for what comes next.

"It's very helpful because I'm more of a hands-on type of person. So this is opening me up to new things and new opportunities," said Gill.

Gill is one of several Milwaukee Public School students who used their day off of school to learn about potential careers at the manufacturing company Ludman Industries.

MPS students learn about opportunities for their future

MPS students learn about opportunities for their future

"We want to create the interest and the excitement that they can have a real great paying job after they graduate from school and it can happen right here in Milwaukee," said Ludman Industries President and CEO Jim Lenahan.

mps3All of the students are part of the after school program at the Lighthouse Youth Center, which just received a $5,000 SPARK Grant from Diversified Insurance Solutions to develop a jobs initiative program.

"Resume writing skills, what employers are looking for, how to do your interviews, what words you should include in your resume," said Lighthouse Youth Center Site Manager Chuqee Fletcher.

The students are learning about the various jobs within the company from engineering to manufacturing.

mps2"They can learn how to be a welder. They can learn how to be a machinist. They can use to use their hands if they're not college bound," said Lenahan.

It's an effort to inspire our future work force.

  • For more information on the Lighthouse Youth Center, CLICK HERE.
  • For more information on Ludman Industries, CLICK HERE.

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