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Industry Partnerships and Service Learning

The Union Career Connect program provides students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers while still in high school, thus leading to more informed post-graduation decisions and more engagement between students and elective coursework.

Union Career Connect serves as a bridge for students interested in receiving training while still in high school which allows them to pursue a career and/or specialized career training upon graduation. Students enroll in service learning as an elective through Union High School and then are placed in career internships or service roles according to their interests. 

Students complete coursework to fulfill an academic component within the program. For example, Union’s manufacturing pathway allows students to complete coursework with a Tulsa Community College instructor. The Automotive Technicians Program has on-line Ford Training curriculum.  Service Learning students complete a structured written reflection tying service experience back to specific learning goals.

For Students

Enrolling in Career Connect can help you make the most of your education and experience at Union High School. See below details or visit the College/Career Center for information about how to enroll.

Service Learning and Job Shadow

Students can use 1-2 elective class periods a day to perform community service or unpaid job shadowing in the community.  Students are placed in a wide variety of businesses and industries, such as dental offices, veterinarian hospitals, education, digital media, and many others throughout the community.  Please contact us (see below) if you are interested participating in Service Learning or Job Shadow, or if you are a business interested in hosting a Union student with your company.

Career Connect



Students leave campus two hours a day to receive specialized training throughout the community in a variety of industries such as culinary arts, manufacturing, automotive technologies, construction, and education. This is an actual class which serves 6-15 students and in most cases will have credentials associated with it through Tulsa Tech, TCC, or special certification organizations.

Job Out 

Students who work can be approved to leave campus 6th hour (2:20-3:20) to attend a paid working position. Students, not business partners need to arrange for Job Out.

For Business
​and Community Partners

Union’s Career Connect program cannot happen without the support and participation of numerous local businesses and community organizations. The College/Career Center is continuously looking for new partnerships that will expand the types of internships and opportunities available to students. Our business partners have found that being a part of Career Connect not only gives them the sense of satisfaction that comes from giving back and investing in our students, but also provides an opportunity for them to grow their talent and workforce, recruit highly capable and trained personnel, and increase productivity in their workplace. 

If your business or community organization would like to explore ways to partner with Union’s Career Connect program, please reach out to the College and Career Center staff to schedule a time to hear more about these valuable opportunities.


We will publicize job opportunities for business partners through our social media including Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, email & text message blasts, and scrolling TV announcements.

Open Forums

Business partners can schedule 20-minute visits to the high school to discuss opportunities available to our high school students.  Business partners can schedule a 10:30 a.m. and/or a 1:30 p.m. visit. Scheduling for both of these time slots accommodates all students, even those who are off-campus during the morning or afternoon. Please email Mindy Willman if your business or organization is interested in meeting with Union students. Union will advertise the event to students and they can sign up on-line to attend during class.

On Site Job Interviews

Business partners can schedule a block of time 1-3 hours, where they set up an informational booth in our College & Career Center.  In the past, companies have held on site interviews for interested students, or just had information and resources to distribute.

Union Public Schools


Jenny Flower
Career Advisor
Career Connect: Industry Partnerships/Internships)

Linda Parker
Career Connect
Service Learning/Job Shadowing
College & Career Crew Sponsor

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.


Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Union Public Schools

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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