Union Students Work to Donate Bikes
Union High School students put their mechanical skills to the test recently at the Union Warehouse, 5656 S. 129th E. Ave., as they repaired bicycles that will be donated to needy children this Christmas season.
“Union CPT (Certified Production Technician) Manufacturing and City of Tulsa Automotive interns worked together with our community partners to repair donated bikes which are then given to Union elementary students,” said Jenny Flower, Career Connect coordinator. “This event provides our community with the opportunity to give to children who do not have bikes of their own. It also gives our interns a chance to build confidence in the skills they have learned in fixing things, while applying their talents to help bring joy to younger Union students.”
The project, called Bikes for Kids, provides real-world experience for students that also benefits the community, Flower said. Partners involved in the project include AAON, City of Tulsa, City Cycles, Tulsa Community College and Ebsco Spring. Union’s Director of Construction Fred Isaacs trained the students, preparing them for the week work day.
The Union Career Connect program provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of careers while still in high school, leading to more informed post-graduation decisions and better engagement between students and elective coursework. Many receive specialized training and earn certifications, which can help them find a job after graduation. Students enroll in service learning as an elective through Union High School and then placed in career internships or service roles according to their interests.