Hardin County Schools has begun a partnership with UPS that will put currently enrolled students to work at its Louisville, Kentucky Worldport air hub.
Students enrolled at Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School, North Hardin High School and College View Education Center will work at UPS approximately four hours a day (20 hours per week) and more during peak seasons like the holidays. The work hours will include time during the school day. Hardin County Schools will provide bus transportation to and from UPS each day. UPS will reimburse the district for transportation.
“We are excited to offer additional opportunities to our students,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “This will allow successful transitions from school to work and potentially a career. After touring the facility and working with the Human Resources Department at UPS, we realized our students could benefit from the experience of working for a large company with multiple job opportunities, advancement opportunities, educational reimbursement programs and, of course, competitive wages.”
To be eligible to work at UPS, students must be at least 17 years of age and they must also be on track to graduate, have solid academic standing and good school attendance. Their employment is also dependent upon successful completion of core academic courses. Applications for employment with UPS are available at each of school’s counseling offices.
“UPS is pleased to be collaborating with Hardin County Schools to provide opportunities for students,” said UPS Workforce Planning Manager Patrick Murphy. “We continually look for strategies designed to remove barriers to employment. This transportation partnership is a unique way for UPS to positively impact a neighboring community, while also enabling us to provide service to our customers.”
More than 25 students will serve as the initial group in this collaboration. They started working at UPS on December 12.
“This allows our students to experience the real world,” Morgan added. “They will have to become even better stewards of their time by balancing their studies, work at UPS, time with family and friends, etc. We want our students to be ready to win – not just compete – but win in the global marketplace. Opportunities like this will help our students realize their potential and will prepare them for victory in the workforce. We are extremely grateful to UPS for their willingness to employ these young men and women.”