L.O.O.P. Expands After Successful Start
JACKSON, TN - After a successful first year, the L.O.O.P. is expanding to new industry partners. Delta Faucet Company and BlueScope Buildings North America, both located in Jackson, will partner with JMCSS to expand the number of students able to participate in L.O.O.P. for the 2019-2020 school year. For the initial phase of the program, JMCSS partnered with Stanley Black and Decker, TBDN, The Old Country Store, and Gourmet Your Way to provide valuable work experience for students.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, L.O.O.P (Local Options and Opportunities Program) offered innovative opportunities for students to get hands-on, paid work experience while continuing to earn credits and industry certifications as they completed their high school diplomas. The program currently focuses on advanced manufacturing and culinary arts.
“We are thrilled to be able to add Delta and Blue Scope to our growing list of industry partners,” stated Dr. Jared Myracle, Chief Academic Officer for JMCSS. “The L.O.O.P has provided so many meaningful options and opportunities for our students to obtain experience, learn new skills, and earn a paycheck. Our students have made us very proud and we couldn’t be happier about expanding this program after such a productive first year.”
Building relationships with local employers in high-demand career fields has been a critical component of JMCSS’s career readiness initiative, LAUNCH, which began in the fall of 2018. LAUNCH is the district’s K-12 plan for guiding students through experiences to help them make better decisions about their future career plans. The L.O.O.P. is one component of LAUNCH that allows students to enter the workforce and increase their earning potential.
Henry Smith, Human Resources Manager for BlueScope Buildings is excited to be a part of the LOOP experience. “The LOOP Program will provide us with a great opportunity to impact the lives of some young people and their families in our community” said Mr. Smith. “It will help us to communicate to students that working in a manufacturing facility such BlueScope can provide an interesting and rewarding career opportunity. Students will have the chance to learn work related skills to become a productive member of the Jackson community and earn a respectable wage while doing so.”
Amy Ross, Human Resources Manager for Delta Faucet, stated that “Delta Faucet Company has been a part of the Jackson community for almost 25 years and we have long partnered with the school system. We are proud to offer students the opportunity to develop the essential skills needed to be successful at work through a mutually beneficial partnership.”
For more information on L.O.O.P., visit www.jmcss.org