A Colorado high school has created a program to give kids work experience before graduation through an apprenticeship program. Last October, Wiggins High School students partnered with area businesses to allow students to work part-time for both pay and school credit in conjunction with job-skill classes.
“The idea is that they’re getting soft skills, they’re getting job skills,” said special education teacher Becky Sneller. “They’re also creating a vested interest with that company, so that maybe they could potentially stay with that company. … These are not low-end, ‘we want you to go mop floors all day long’ kind of jobs. These are jobs with potential.”