Fulfilling workforce needs, enhancing the local payroll tax base and giving new graduates from Covington Independent Public Schools an immediate source of income with on the job training in their chosen fields. It’s all part of a proposed work-base mentoring program being launched by Covington Partners, the Covington Business Council and the City of Covington. The three groups will collaborate to expand a successful pilot program started with the Salyers Group. Businesses will be matched with a cohort of high school students who want to learn more about the workforce needs of Covington.
Discussing the program will be Stacie Strotman, who has been involved in education for as long as she can remember. She attended school in Covington from kindergarten through grade twelve, only leaving the city for four years to attend the University of Kentucky where she earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She obtained her masters degree in Public Administration from NKU in 2015.
For the past 22 years, Stacie has worked with Covington’s families and students through the roles of Family Resource Center Coordinator, Drug-Free Communities Coordinator and now as the Director of Community and Family Engagement and Executive Director of Covington Partners, a nonprofit organization. She has secured over $20 million in federal and state grants, local foundations and individual donors.
“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.”