NPHS coordinators seeking employers

NPHS coordinators seeking employers

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Organizers of a work/study program that places North Providence High School students in jobs with local employers is in desperate need of help from the town's business community.

Jim Curtis, school-to-career coordinator at NPHS, said he and others have had difficulty finding businesses to work with for the 2013-2014 school year, and he thinks the struggle has a lot to do with business owners not knowing about the program.

"This is really about giving special education students a chance they might not otherwise get to work in a job and be part of the community," said Curtis. "It gives them the opportunity to come to school and get out in the workplace and be very productive."

With real-world experience in a job, said Curtis, students in the program are better prepared to enter the workforce after high school. Though the preference would be for paid positions, students will also work in unpaid ones.

Students are available from noon through the end of the school day, some even beyond, said Curtis. The intention is for them to work for two or three hours, but many work longer than that.

There are 11 students in a program that's been around for at least 12 years, according to Curtis.

Employers work directly with Curtis to have any issues resolved. He can be reached by calling 401-233-1150, ext. 3255.