The Hire Me First initially began through the TIEP (Tracy Industry Education Partnership) which was started in 1995 to motivate and provide comprehensive training for all 11th and 12th grade students to provide a competitive work force. The Hire Me First Program is continuing to develop and implement programs in Tracy schools such as: Interview workshops, career exploration workshop, work ethic workshops, interships and Hire Me First Certifications.
Through these school-to-career programs, students:
Develop employment communication skills and work ethic
Expand their career horizons through job exploration
Experience real-time academic and/or vocational training and internships
Hire Me First has continued an open dialogue between employers and educators on coordinating related curriculum to universal employment requirements. School administrators, teachers, parents, business leaders and employees are working together to integrate school-based and work-based learning through programs. A goal is to implement this training and hands-on experience in the middle and elementary schools as well.
The Certificate Program is a two year program designed to provide students with tangible proof of specific demonstrated competencies through their own efforts to prepare for employment. Examples of some requirements include on-time class attendance, computer literacy, oral and written communications skills, job shadowing and internship and Total Quality Management activities.
The Job Shadowing Program provides students with hands-on job-site visits relaying fundamental knowledge of the job tasks. This integration of learning experiences involving students with employers encourages students to make more informed decisions about career choices. It also provides motivation through the learning process.
For more information on the Hire Me First program visit the website at www.hiremefirst.org or contact the Program Coordinator, Jesse Betancourt at