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Plant City businesses welcome students into the workplace

Plant City High School goes to work

February 23, 2017

Nearly 100 Plant City High School students, mostly seniors, were welcomed into the workplace by five major employers in the Plant City area last month.

The experience was made possible by the 30-plus business leaders comprising the Plant City High School Business Advisory Board, also in partnership with the Plant City Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce. The field trip was designed to show students job opportunities and career paths are within their industry, what the working conditions are in these jobs, how to prepare for these positions, and what the average wages are for the various job classifications at Star Distribution, Evergreen Packaging, Stingray Chevrolet and Hardie Manufacturing.

“The percentage of students who will not go to college or into the armed services is far greater than most people imagine in schools across the country, and we must truly prepare all students for the day after they graduate. Educating and connecting them with great career opportunities here in our community is an important responsibility of our schools,” said Susan Sullivan, Principal of Plant City High School.

Judith Ventura, a senior at Plant City High School said she has lived in Plant City for 12 years but had no idea of the career opportunities that existed by turning off of Highway 92 or of the 1.3 million square foot distribution center at Star Distribution. “Evergreen starts a $14.00 an hour and the longer you are there the more they pay,” she said.

The students also attended a luncheon at Lakeside Station Logistics Park where they witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony for QGS Development, a site development contractor relocating to Plant City.

Plant City Mayor Rick Lott and Melissa Snively from the Hillsborough County School Board were among the guest speakers at the groundbreaking. Snively applauded the partnership between the school system and Plant City businesses, but added, “We need to do this everywhere and find a way to say yes and make it happen for our students.”

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