West senior Rocio Jimenez worked at Jules Veterinary Center and Silver Creek Security Academy while in the Hire Me First program. “I did want to be a vet, but when I was working at the police academy, it did want to make me want to become a police officer. I ended up thinking of becoming a K9 cop when I grow up.”
Judy Beitz of San Joaquin County WorkNet, which coordinates the program with the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, said Hire Me First has become so successful in Tracy that Manteca, Lodi and Stockton may start programs in those cities. “Employers are really satisfied with the quality of the students that come through.”
Lunches for other Hire Me First graduates are being set up in the coming weeks.
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