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Learning with a Wrench

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The City of Tulsa is partnering with Union Public Schools to offer internships to juniors and seniors each semester who have an interest in learning auto mechanics. This partnership will give students basic job skills that can help them in their path to prosperity.

These student interns will work alongside City of Tulsa employees who maintain the City's fleet of trucks, cars, backhoes and other large equipment and gain the knowledge and experience of working in a vehicle maintenance facility.  

Nine students participated during the 2014-2015 school year; 11 participated during the 2015-2016 school year; and, 18 are participating in the 2016-2017 school year.  UPS leaders indicate there is already a waiting list for next school year.

The City of Tulsa is very proud to offer this program that not only helps with succession planning in the City, but allows the city to build upon Tulsa's workforce, one student at a time.

Success Stories

Mohit Asnani will attend the University of Oklahoma this fall for Mechanical Engineering. To help pay for college, he landed a job at a car dealership where he will earn $15.10 per hour because of the certification and experience he obtained through the City's EMD training.

Monica Elias decided to pursue an IT - Automotive education through Oklahoma State University and will begin that program this fall, with the goal of starting her own business.

Joseph Maxwell applied and interviewed for a paid summer intern position as an Automotive Servicer within the City of Tulsa's light vehicle garage following graduation and completion of the program. He was selected for one of the positions and worked during the summer applying the knowledge he had learned in the program. At the end of the summer, a full-time position opened up and Joseph applied and upon accepting the position, became the program's first participant to become a full-time city employee.

Gary Burr, City of Tulsa EMD Shop Supervisor said this program has been just as successful for his staff as it has the students. "This experience was like nothing I ever expected," Burr said. "Along with mentoring and instructing students during the program, EMD employees have experienced a higher morale in their work groups and a pride in knowing they are impacting the lives of kids who share a similar passion - mechanical operations."

Burr said this program has been just as successful for his staff, resulting in higher morale in their work groups and a pride in knowing they are impacting the lives of kids who share a similar passion for mechanics.