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JumpStart & WIRE-Net: A Winning Workforce Partnership

Posted by Jessica Westropp on Jul 30, 2018 4:35:38 PM

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The Emerging Talent Network (ETN) is a JumpStart program that launched in 2017 to connect qualified Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) 11th grade and emerging 12th grade students with local companies for summer internships and full-time employment. WIRE-Net began partnering with ETN shortly after the program launched to leverage the program’s resources, CMSD relationships, and company relationships to meet the needs of the manufacturing students and companies we work with at Max S. Hayes High School.

As part of the larger KeyBank Business Boost & Build program—a program powered by JumpStart and funded via a grant from the KeyBank Foundation—the ETN helps cover the cost of student salaries and also prepares them for career success by ensuring they have the appropriate attire, transportation options, work permits, bank accounts, and career readiness training. During the school year CMSD offers transportation to interns, but summer transportation can be a significant barrier for many students. WIRE-Net and ETN’s partnership has helped the Max S. Hayes High School manufacturing students to eliminate transportation barriers and seamlessly transition from the ETN’s summer program to WIRE-Net’s program offered during their senior year.

WIRE-Net’s team at Max S. Hayes High School helped the ETN find qualified students, ensured they were prepared for interviews, and aided students and parents during the onboarding process. This summer through the ETN, Max S. Hayes High School manufacturing students were offered internships at Oatey, Martindale Electric, and Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). Each company developed a summer internship program that benefits both the company and students by offering an experience where students apply both technical and professional skills learned in the classroom. For the companies, this is one solution they are using to fill gaps in their talent pipeline.

Meet Ashley Sanchez: Emerging Talent Network Summer Intern

Ashley Sanchez-1Ashley Sanchez, a rising senior at Max S. Hayes and an ETN intern is utilizing her machining skills by assisting on the shop floor at Martindale Electric in Lakewood this summer. Ashley is a pre-apprenticeship student through the state recognized machining program at the high school. The career path plan is for Ashley to complete her summer internship through the ETN and continue at Martindale as a pre-apprentice through her 12th grade year. Upon graduation, Ashley would then be able to enter a registered apprenticeship program.“This opportunity means the world for me. Not only is it furthering my education in a career field that I would like to continue, but it is giving me a chance to make it, “said Ashley. Linas Bilunaus, President of Martindale Electric has also found value in the partnership. "Martindale Electric is happy to participate in this year's internship program as part of our continuing support towards youth focused educational efforts.  Ashley has had the opportunity to train and operate a variety of CNC machines used in grinding saw blades.  Her classroom experience has made the transition from school to shop floor seamless.  It's a pleasure to have her with us and to see her grow in confidence and ability." Working with Martindale and Ashley has helped WIRE-Net and JumpStart to find the ideal collaboration model and make the most of this partnership.

(Click HERE to read more about Ashley's internship on the CMSD blog.)

A Winning Workforce Partnership

The partnership with JumpStart and the ETN follows the spirit of the WIRE-Net mission to connect and partner in order to meet manufacturing needs. When we collaborate, the impact can be much greater and far reaching. “The partnership between JumpStart and WIRE-Net is allowing our two programs to leverage our resources to support and benefit the scholars,” said Zerrine Bailey, JumpStart’s Emerging Talent Network Leader. “I am looking forward to developing more of these collaborations with WIRE-Net in the future!” WIRE-Net also looks forward to growing the partnership with JumpStart in the coming years and to use the Martindale model to guide the initiative.


For 30 years WIRE-Net has been a leading force to strengthen manufacturing in Greater Cleveland. We provide leading edge expertise and resources that proactively assist manufacturers in understanding and adapting to fast changing trends technology, talent, and organizational leadership. WIRE-Net connects leaders to each other and engages them in their communities. We lead, we connect, we partner.



Topics: Oatey, Max S. Hayes High School, Pre-Appreniticeships, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Emerging Talent Network, JumpStart, KeyBank Foundation, Martindale Electric, Greater Cleveland Partnership

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