District 88 celebrates and recognizes National Apprenticeship Week

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This year, National Apprenticeship Week takes place from Nov. 14 to 20. According to www.apprenticeship.gov/national-apprenticeship-week, this event “is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship … provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges …”

To recognize and celebrate this important initiative, District 88 participated in the Addison Manufacturers Apprenticeship Workforce Solutions event on Nov. 16. That event was hosted by the Village of Addison Workforce Development Committee and the Addison Chamber of Commerce to discuss and encourage collaboration among educators, employers and community leaders to create solutions that enhance education outcomes, align with industry workforce needs and promote regional economic stability.

Yvonne Tsagalis, District 88 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, was one of the event speakers and shared information about the district’s commitment to providing multiple and flexible pathways for students to ensure they are college and career ready. Read more about District 88’s efforts in this area at https://www.dupage88.net/site/page/15159.

District 88 continues to partner with colleges/universities and local businesses to expand these opportunities for students and invites companies to collaborate with the district and support students through the initiatives below.

  1. Offer a career and college integrated pathway by providing:
    1. Tuition assistance 
    2. Competitive wages
    3. Flexible hours
    4. Short-term and long-term career pathways
    5. Other benefits

  1. Offer students exploratory career experiences in manufacturing and information technology through the Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Collaborative program.

  2. Become a vocational site for the District 88 Transition Program, which helps individuals ages 18 to 21 who have a variety of abilities learn life skills, obtain job training in a community setting and transition to a life of independence after District 88.

  3. Become a mentor for students at Addison Trail High School and/or at Indian Trail Junior High School in Addison School District 4. The purpose of the Mentor Program is to identify students “on the brink of success,” who will benefit from having a positive role model. Community members and business professionals are matched with students and meet for 30 minutes once a week.

  4. Advertise your business on a 36” x 60” printed banner displayed in the main gymnasium or on an athletic fence at Addison Trail and/or Willowbrook high schools.

For more details, go to www.dupage88.net/BusinessPartnerships.

For questions or more information, contact District 88 Director of Community Relations Dani Brink at dbrink@dupage88.net or 630-530-3989. Thank you for your continued support of District 88.