McAllen students ink deals with employers as part of Youth Apprenticeship Program

McALLEN — More than 50 area students recently underwent job interviews with local businesses as part of the new-to-the-region Youth Apprenticeship Program and 15 of them signed agreements with those companies Wednesday morning.

“Hopefully I’ll be working in the shop because I like to get my hands dirty and working on cars,” said 17-year-old Aaron Martinez, a junior at McAllen High School who landed an apprenticeship with the Boggus Ford dealerships.

These apprenticeships are long-term agreements that will extend beyond high school graduation. The hope is to have the students reach the Journeyman Certification through the U.S. Department of Labor Certification by acquiring the training through STC and hours put into the jobs.

The new program comes as a partnership between the McAllen school district, South Texas College and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

Essentially the school district will provide well-prepared students who are taking technical career courses, the chamber will align those students with area businesses that can provide part-time jobs and mentorships, and the junior college will provide access to certificates and further training for these students in the fields of their choice.