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Posted on: July 25, 2019

25 local students complete Step Up to Work summer aide program

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FORT MYERS, FL (July 25, 2019) – 25 local high school students successfully completed the 2019 Step Up To Work Summer student aide program within the City of Fort Myers. The student aides worked in different departments throughout city government to gain job experience and learn about municipal services. This summer’s six-week session concluded yesterday with a closing program at Riverside Community Center, located at 3061 East Riverside Drive, Fort Myers.

Students were introduced to local government with an orientation session at the beginning of their employment, where they learned about the functions of the Mayor, City Manager, City Attorney and Human Resources Director. Aides also toured various city facilities during the orientation process, with stops at Fire Station 1, the Community Development Department, Fort Myers Skatium, City Clerk’s Office, IT Department, Financial Services Department, Police Department and Public Works Department (including Fleet Maintenance; Water, Sewer and Street Operations; City Nursery; City Water Plant; Recreation Division; Utilities and Solid Waste Division; Utilities Accounting Division; and Administration and Engineering). In addition, the student aides participated in an education day, where representatives from area colleges and the military spoke with students about future education opportunities.

“We welcome dozens of local students into our workforce every year, giving them exposure to different career paths and skill sets needed in municipal government," said Saeed Kazemi, P.E., City Manager. “I’m tremendously proud of this year’s student aides and hope some will return as city employees in the future.”

Ten of this year’s student aides also took part in the SOS (Support Our Students) program, Dunbar Community School’s summer camp for teens.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Schaffer at 239-321-7157 or sschaffer@cityftmyers.com.