UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Through a grant from the U.S. Department of labor, working solutions was able to fund a program that’s called the pathways to justice careers.
“The aim of the program is to work with Utica High School age residents and try to get them interested in careers in law enforcement and public safety.” – Stephanie Heiland Project Director, Pathways To Justice Careers
The paid summer internship will teach students the ins and outs of the fire department, police department, sheriff’s office, and probation office.
“Just learning that they’re real people and they probably have stuff in common with the kids. Hopefully some of them end up in those careers.” – Stephanie Heiland Project Director, Pathways To Justice Careers
With COVID restrictions, they haven’t decided how many students they can take this year but those interested should reach out to workforce solutions.
“Either through the working solutions website, working dash solutions dot org. I can be found on Facebook the pathways to justice careers.” – Stephanie Heiland Project Director, Pathways To Justice Careers
Stephanie says even if students don’t pursue these careers, it’s still important to create connections with public safety workers.
“I think that there are a lot of kids that have gone through this program that have walked away just having a different perspective. Obviously we want diversity within the police department and the fire department but if all they do is build a relationship, that’s okay too. That’s still a step in the right direction.” – Stephanie Heiland Project Director, Pathways To Justice Careers