HAMMOND — The city has been award a $150,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority for a regional Career Pathways Program allowing high school students who don’t plan on attending college to receive training in fields where there is a demonstrated job demand.
Charles Borchers, a grant writer for the city, said the Pathways program will be administered through Hammond High Magnet School in cooperation with Northshore Technical Community College. Students enrolled in the program will follow a two-track academic plan allowing them to pursue traditional classes at the high school while learning a job skill at the community college.
Borchers said 25 students will be recruited initially, but the program could expand to as many as 50 students.
Participants in the first class will be offered the choice of a job track in welding, heating, air conditioning and ventilation servicing, machine tool operation, or electrical installation and repair. “This is where potential employers have told us that there is a need for workers with those specific skills,” Borchers said.
Borchers said Hammond is one of a very few from a large number of applicants to be awarded the Pathways program grant. The city pledged to match the grant with a $15,000 contribution.
The council on Tuesday also accepted a $25,000 grant from America in Bloom and Canadian National Railway Company to plant trees on Morrison Boulevard and in Mooney Park. The Hammond Tree Foundation will match the grant with a $25,000 contribution.