A Way To Make Covington Thrive
Covington Partners Executive Director Stacie Strotman is very passionate about helping Covington Independent School (CIP) children and teenagers. At one point in her life she was one of them, a Covington Holmes graduate. Her passion was never more evident than when she addressed the June 18th Covington Business Council monthly luncheon at the Grand Event Center—and the first in-person since March of 2020 the global pandemic began.
Strottman’s topic was the newly formed work-based mentoring program, conceived by Covington Partners, the non-profit foundation for the school system, and aided by partners, the City of Covington and the CBC. Stacie predicts the program will be “a way to make Covington thrive,” nurturing and guiding students so they can become future Covington employees, benefiting the local tax roll. Here’s how it would work. The school system matches students with your employees based on career interests. Businesses commit to one two-hour meeting per month during the school year. A full-time employee of CIP will serve as a liaison. For-profit or non-profit organizations can participate. Students benefit by building professional relationships, essential skills, seeing what is entailed in types of jobs they might pursue.
Covington Partners hopes to work with up to 12 businesses after having great success with a pilot program with the Salyers Group. E-sports, construction and biomedical careers are popular choices currently among the students. If you would like more information about the program, an informational breakfast session has been scheduled for June 30, 8:30 AM at the Kenton County Government Center: http://bit.ly/MentoringBreakfast.
“The CBC has provided me the opportunity to network with other local business leaders. Being new to the area this has become a valuable resource.”