Mayor Chris Coleman joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez today in a roundtable discussion and tour of the Saint Paul College IT lab, to learn about the pipeline of career development opportunities available to Saint Paul students. The Mayor introduced Secretary Perez to the city’s Right Track youth employment program, the Saint Paul Public School’s Youth CareerConnect career academies and related college labs at Saint Paul College.
“We know that a well-prepared workforce is crucial to the future of our city, and we know that Saint Paul’s youth need the opportunities to develop professionally,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “I’m thrilled to show Secretary Perez the strives we are making with our Right Track program, a critical part of helping Saint Paul’s children prepare for the future.”
Right Track is a partnership between the city, Genesys Works, Saint Paul Public Schools, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and numerous community-based organizations and businesses across Saint Paul, which provides career-readiness training and coaching as well as a full summer of authentic work experience in a professional setting.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Saint Paul Public Schools a four-year, $3.7 million grant to expand an Academy of Finance at Como Park Senior High School and to create a new Academy of Information Technology at Humboldt High School. Saint Paul College is the post-secondary partner to the Youth CareerConnect program and will offer two-year degree programs in these fields to prepare students for high-demand STEM jobs.