Technology company Johnson Controls hired 70 Detroit public high school students to spend their summer sprucing up the city’s parks.
Student crews helped with native planting, new trail development and maintenance, outdoor classroom and native timber bench construction, invasive species removal and garden installation. They also received job-readiness skills instruction, including help with résumé writing, interview skills and personal finance.
More than 350 students applied for the 70 jobs through the Student Conservation Association, which partnered with Johnson Controls. The hires completed a three-step, two-month tryout process that emphasized work ethic,ability, civic engagement and commitment to the environment.
At the end of the program, the students participated in a professional development day hosted by Johnson Controls’ Automotive Experience business in Plymouth, Mich. There they learned the importance of sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable resources in the fields of automotive interior design and engineering, building efficiency and hybrid battery technology.
Contact: Debra Lacey of Johnson Controls, (734) 254-5735.