Opportunity Partnership Program Connects Students to Mentors

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Originally posted on the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council newsletter:

helmberger-mike-bgIn less than three months, 35 students at the Community Colleges of Spokane have been matched with professional mentors in their fields through the Opportunity Partnership Program.

The program funding came to the WDC through the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board to help students who qualify for the Opportunity Grant find mentors.

Mike Helmberger came on board in January as the mentorship specialist. “Our initial approach has been to work closely with college instructors to talk to their entire class about this amazing opportunity to learn from employers, how to successfully transition from being a student to launching a career,” said Mike.

Mentors meet with students typically two to four times a month. All students are in their last quarter of study, and several have started internships at their mentors’ companies. One has accepted an offer of employment.

“Employers really like it. They can have a huge impact and might find their next employee,” said Mike. Those interested in learning more should contact Mike at 532-3024 or mhelmberger@esd.wa.gov.

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