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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.