Luncheon celebrates Hire Me First success
by Michael Langley
May 11, 2014 | 2545 views | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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West High School teacher Marlene Hepner hands Alex Russo his certificate for completing the Hire Me First program during a luncheon Tuesday at West High.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Hire Me First program — which matches Tracy high school students with internships at almost 200 local employers — celebrated the graduation of West High School students from the program Tuesday. The students are among 360 high school students taking part at seven local schools: West, Kimball, Tracy and Millennium high schools, Duncan Russell Continuation High School, the Academy for Business and Law and one.Harmony school.

West senior Rocio Jimenez worked at Jules Veterinary Center and Silver Creek Security Academy while in the Hire Me First program. “I did want to be a vet, but when I was working at the police academy, it did want to make me want to become a police officer. I ended up thinking of becoming a K9 cop when I grow up.”

Judy Beitz of San Joaquin County WorkNet, which coordinates the program with the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, said Hire Me First has become so successful in Tracy that Manteca, Lodi and Stockton may start programs in those cities. “Employers are really satisfied with the quality of the students that come through.”

Lunches for other Hire Me First graduates are being set up in the coming weeks.

• Contact Michael Ellis Langley at or 830-4231.

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May 16, 2014
Great program.. especially the interview process that prepares students for their first interview. The only correction in the article is the Academy of Business and Law is not a high school. It is a program at West High School like the Space and Engineering Academy.

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