Santa Maria students have completed job readiness training and are ready to join your company as summer interns! | Columnists

This spring, a record number of Santa Barbara County high school students were admitted to Partners in Education’s paid employment readiness training and internship program. This program empowers students to face the world ahead through hands-on career exploration and paid work experience, and is only possible with the support of local employers and community volunteers.

Community volunteers serve as career coaches who meet with students virtually weekly, covering topics ranging from financial planning and recovery coaching, to advice on the big life decisions they will make after graduating from college. ‘secondary studies. Students are paid for their time, fulfilling the need to invest in themselves professionally and earn a paycheck at the same time.

The 73 students who completed their 8 weeks of training this spring are eager to be matched with a local employer for a paid summer internship. Students earn minimum wage for their internship hours, and employers serving as intern hosts pay only a portion of the salary – a flat rate of $800. Partners makes this process easier for employers by taking care of the paperwork and facilitation. This way, students get the experience they need, while companies get 80 hours of staff support at a discount.

Students come to the program with a wide range of interests and career dreams. Partner staff strive to match students’ skills and interests with meaningful roles. Program graduates have worked as: hostesses at museums, construction and project management apprentices, assistants on software or engineering programs, front desk staff at medical clinics and dental practices, and more Again ! Some of the top industries of interest to Santa Maria students currently are: Health Sciences and Medical Technology, Finance and Business, and Agriculture and Natural Resources.






All participating students receive presentations on financial literacy during their workshops where they learn how to build a credit score, understand 401k and IRA savings, what to look for when financing their first car, and they even practice creating a budget!




Russ Garrison, president of Bethel Engineering, the first company in Santa Maria to hire a student intern through this program, tells us about the great experience he had with a high school student and graduate of the Employment Readiness from Partners in Education:

“[Neev] was quick and reliable. He seems to grow in confidence when interacting with engineering professionals and asking good questions. We highly recommend participation in this program for the benefit of our future industry professionals and the experience it provides. »

Has your company ever considered the level of support a qualified student intern can offer you? Do you see a lack of local students applying for jobs in your industry since the pandemic?

Let’s show students the opportunities available to them right here in Santa Maria and fuel our local economy! Thank you to all of the Santa Maria businesses that have hired interns so far:

● Santa Barbara County Office of Education – Santa Maria Department of Special Education

● City of Santa Maria, parks and recreation

● Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

● City of Santa Maria, Public Library

● Projector Properties

● RW Scott Construction

It’s a great way to give back and take the hassle out of paperwork and recruiting. How do you make sure you find the right student? Just tell Partners you’re ready to hire a student, and they’ll train, manage records, and take care of all the hiring paperwork!

The community of Santa Maria welcomed the students of this program and opened up connections to them that would otherwise have been unimaginable due to the pandemic. Build your workforce from the ground up today and contact [email protected] to mentor and gain staff support for our next generation of industry leaders today!







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Jason Anderson is the Santa Maria Times Digital Producer. He can be reached at 805-739-2213

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