STEP-UP Chattanooga Recruiting Businesses For Summer 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Public Education Foundation is recruiting Chattanooga area businesses to hire Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) high school students for paid summer internships through its STEP-UP Chattanooga initiative. Launched in January 2016, this robust internship program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors is designed to address the challenges faced by both businesses and students in a complex, changing global economy.

STEP-UP Chattanooga will provide work readiness training designed to help students be successful in interviews and professional settings. Throughout the experience, students will receive support and feedback from STEP-UP staff and supervisors at their place of employment. STEP-UP Chattanooga aims to place 150 students in internships this summer, doubling the number of participants from last year.

Organizations hosting STEP-UP interns will build relationships with a pool of talented, diverse future employees while filling job vacancies and demonstrating a commitment to improving the lives of at-risk youth. Students will have opportunities to explore careers while developing work skills, as well as to network with adult professionals who can help them achieve educational and professional goals.

The following businesses, nonprofits and organizations have already signed up for Summer 2017: 2nds in Building Materials (Southeastern Salvage), 3H Group Hotels, Application Researchers, Art 120, Benwood Foundation, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Bridge Scholars, CBL & Associates Properties Inc., Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga Autism Center, Chattanooga Cares, Chattanooga Gas, Chattanooga Library, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga Zoo, Chattem, Inc., City of Chattanooga, Creative Discovery Museum, Doubletree Hotel, Elder’s Ace Hardware, Electric Power Board (EPB), Elemi Architects, EMJ Corporation, Erlanger Health System, The Enterprise Center, Greenspaces, Habitat for Humanity, Hullco, Lamp Post Properties, Lifeline Inc., MediTract, Merrill Lynch, Newcomb Spring, Northside Neighborhood House, Public Market Inc., Regions Bank, River City Company, Riverside Plumbing, Rock City, Signal Centers, Siskin Hospital, SmartBank, Southeastern Tennessee Development District, SunTrust Bank, Tennessee American Water Co., Tennessee Aquarium, UnifiEd, United Way of Greater Chattanooga, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Unum, VaynerMedia, Vision Hospitality, Warren & Griffin, P.C., and WRCB-TV.

Many of these businesses participated in the 2016 pilot year of STEP-UP Chattanooga, employing 76 HCDE high school students in summer 2016 who earned over $100,000 in combined income.100 percent of STEP-UP Chattanooga 2016 interns indicated they would participate again if given the opportunity. 

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc. committed $300,000 and Benwood Foundation contributed $200,000 to fully fund the first two years of the program which serves underrepresented students, those most at risk for joblessness. The City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, HCDE, and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce are also founding partners.

STEP-UP Chattanooga is modeled after the nationally-recognized STEP-UP Achieve Minneapolis program, which has served more than 20,000 students since 2004. The program complements PEF’s other College Access & Success initiatives, including Camp College, Passport Scholars, support for Hamilton County’s College Access & Career Advisers, and community education.  For more information on becoming a business partner, visit stepupchattanooga.org.


LYNC Logistics Named 1 Of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces For 2019

Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events For May 28-31

Austin Hatcher Foundation Announces New Family Services Coordinator


LYNC Logistics has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019, its fourth annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. Hitting newsstands on May 28 in the ... (click for more)

May 28, East Brainerd Chamber Council Meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chattanooga Event Center: 2193 Park Dr. Speaker: Bev Brockman, The Entrepreneurial Mindset $12 May 28, ... (click for more)

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer announces Lauren Kelly has been hired as family services coordinator. Ms. Kelly has a background in multiple roles, including nonprofit fundraising, ... (click for more)


Business

LYNC Logistics Named 1 Of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces For 2019

LYNC Logistics has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019, its fourth annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. Hitting newsstands on May 28 in the June 2019 issue, and as part of a prominent Inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events For May 28-31

May 28, East Brainerd Chamber Council Meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chattanooga Event Center: 2193 Park Dr. Speaker: Bev Brockman, The Entrepreneurial Mindset $12 May 28, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Annual Entrepreneur Power Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chattanooga Convention Center: 1150 Carter St. Keynote Speakers: E.J. Reed, Clint Gray ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Person Pulled From Burning Home On Airport Road Saturday Morning

A person was pulled from a burning home on Airport Road on Saturday morning. Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to 900 Airport Road Lot #92 on a residential structure fire with entrapment at approximately 9 a.m. Incident Commander Lieutenant Jack Babb reported fire and smoke showing upon arrival. Two residents had exited the structure prior to firefighters arrival, but ... (click for more)

Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department Saves Boat From Fire Saturday Afternoon

The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department saved a million-dollar boat Saturday afternoon. A boat owner called 911 reporting a boat fire located at the Chattanooga Yacht Club at 9400 North Hickory Valley Road. The Dallas Bay VFD responded by boat and arrived on the scene reporting smoke and flames in the engine area. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire due to 900 gallons ... (click for more)

Opinion

It Is Outrageous That County School Administration Used Our Tax Dollars For Political Lobbying

Dear Dr. Johnson, The campaign central at HCDE headquarters needs a Tennessee Little Hatch Act study time and education. The heart of the issue is that HCDE utilized our tax dollars to lobby against vouchers with employee time, equipment, and lobby payments. Here is my point, I supported ESA vouchers for Hamilton County, and so did a lot of families that desired parental ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Easy Way To Win

Within hours after the shocking news came Tuesday that a Twin Cities university was booted out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “because St. Thomas won too much,” some of the talking heads in the news media put the blame squarely where it belongs. In a nation where 35 percent of the population is on some type of welfare and more than 10 million illegal immigrants ... (click for more)