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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Step Up To Work students successfully complete summer program working for the City of Fort Myers

Step up to work orientation

FORT MYERS, FL (July 23, 2018) – 21 local high school students are participating in the 2018 Step Up To Work Summer student aide program within the City of Fort Myers, working in different departments throughout city government to gain job experience and learn about municipal services. This summer’s six-week session will conclude with a closing program at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at Riverside Community Center, located at 3061 East Riverside Drive, Fort Myers.

The program began in June with an orientation session, where students learned about the functions of the Mayor, City Manager, City Attorney and Human Resources Director. This year’s orientation tour included stops at Fire Station 1, the Community Development Department, Fort Myers Skatium, City Clerk’s Office, IT Department, Financial Services Department, Police Department, Public Works Department (including Fleet Maintenance; Water, Sewer and Street Operations; City Nursery; City Water Plant; Recreation Division; Wastewater Treatment Plant; Utilities and Solid Waste Division; Utilities Accounting Division; and Administration and Engineering). There is also an education day, where representatives from area colleges and the military speak with students about future education opportunities.

“Our local students get to experience what it’s like to work within a team and learn about the City of Fort Myers,” said Saeed Kazemi, P.E., City Manager. “This program is valuable to both students and our employees, who get a chance to mentor participants and help students explore future career paths,” remarked Kazemi.

Seven 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.