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  • Youth and employer of the year honored

    Dec 10, 2015 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Workforce Investment Board at its Dec. 10 meeting honored a key member of an employer-driven manufacturing consortium and a young man who beat the odds to obtain his GED. 

    Youth and employer honored.Jeremy Schalk, vice president of business operations with Hi-Tech Machining and Engineering, won the 2014-15 Employer of the Year honor for his collaborative efforts to bring together employers, educators and youth to provide work experience leading to full-time employment.

    Schalk recognized the need for developing a skilled and work-ready manufacturing workforce, said his nominator, Gerri Brunson, workforce specialist for the One-Stop’s business services team. He also helped launch the Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partnership, a consortium of local manufacturing companies and educators who came together in 2012 to revamp machining training at Pima Community College and establish a pipeline of students ready to enter the field.

    Steven Johnston won the Youth of the Year honor for his perseverance in obtaining his high school equivalency diploma from Las Artes Arts and Education Center, operated by Pima County’s Community Services, Employment and Training Department.

    Johnston came to Las Artes as a 21-year-old high school dropout. In the spring he started his GED courses, struggling to balance schoolwork, a job and transportation issues. On May 4, he passed all his GED tests and is now enrolled at the University of Arizona, majoring in computer science and Japanese and fulfilling a dream to become a Wildcat.

    Each year the WIB honors an outstanding employer and young person. The employers are scored on their participation in youth programs, their record on hiring young people and how well they advocate for youth career and workforce development. Youth are rated on their leadership skills, ability to work well with others and reliability.

    The Pima County Workforce Investment Board is authorized by the Department of Labor and appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to provide recommendations on local workforce policy and oversight of the local One-Stop system that connects eligible job-ready youth, adult, and dislocated workers in high-demand industry occupations.