One organization aims to help students figure out their career path before they leave high school.
Peoria Pathways to Prosperity focuses on career development in Peoria Public Schools.
The program gives students hands on experience in a variety of industries, such as mechanic work and healthcare, and matches them with employers looking to hire. The goal is to help students land a job and fill job openings with homegrown talent.
“We’re bringing industry and employers into the conversation and saying we understand that there’s a skills gap and you want the best talent that you can find and we have students that want opportunities for themselves as well.” Peoria Pathways to Prosperity Coordinator, Brent Baker, said.
Peoria Pathways also hired 6 ICC students, who’ve graduated from Peoria Public Schools, to help the students build resumes and do mock interviews.
Peoria Pathways has a goal of placing 50 students in internship programs by May.