“Be the Spark” – a program designed to introduce 7th grade MPS students to careers – kicks off 5th year on October 10 at Mitchell Airport
“Education is more than just curriculum and report cards. And a job is more than just a paycheck,” commented Alexis Deblitz, project manager for the Spark program. “Through Be the Spark, educators and business leaders are learning they have similar goals.”
Students who participated in the Spark program’s pilot year (2014-15) are now juniors in high school. “We are in the process of connecting with those students, in hopes they are ready to expand their career-based learning with programs like youth apprenticeships and internships,” stated Antonio Rodriguez, MPS STEM Coordinator.
“Southwest is excited to continue our partnership with COSBE’s Be the Spark program,” said Ana Schwager, Southwest’s Regional Leader of Community Affairs & Grassroots. “Whether in the air or on the ground, Southwest is committed to giving back to the communities we serve and investing in initiatives that help empower people to get their careers ready for takeoff."
COSBE’s Be the Spark program is funded through support from several local and nationally recognized firms: Waukesha Metal Products, Superior Support Resources, Inc., Tredo Group LLC, Southwest Airlines, Meijer, and Riteway Transportation.