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The 128: Walker Motor Corporation Provides Student Internships, Jobs

Pictured from left are: JPPSS Career and Technical Education Director Lucy Lejeune, Jefferson Parish School Board member Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge, Walker Motor Corporation Owner Susan Walker, JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley, JPSB member Melinda Doucet, and Jefferson Chamber of Commerce President Todd Murphy.

A summer internship has led to jobs for Jefferson Parish students and a strong relationship between the public school system and a local business.

The Jefferson Parish Public School System selected Walker Motor Corporation as the first honoree of a new recognition program that spotlights community partners. “The 128” recognizes key supporters of JPPSS. These groups are recognized for their efforts to positively support the system and impact children during the 128 hours a week kids are away from school.

“We’re really excited about doing the first presentation with Susan Walker and Walker Acura, because she saw the need and stepped up to the plate,” said JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “This is just the type of thing we want to acknowledge as a school system in hopes that other organizations and businesses will be willing to do the same.”

Nine students from the Bonnabel Magnet Academy automotive program interned with technicians at Walker Acura in Metairie over the summer. Under the tutelage of trained and certified technicians, students learned foundational skills like changing oil and tires. They also learned how to work on a transmission and any other knowledge their mentors could share. Plans are in place to continue the program next summer, and two students even earned jobs at Walker Acura.

“We’re very happy to have Bonnabel students here,” said Walker Motor Corporation Owner Susan Walker. “We’re offering internships for them and hopefully they will be homegrown and skilled enough to come back and work in our dealership.”

JPPSS has students about 40 hours a week. JPPSS believes that for all kids to succeed, it needs strong community partners working with students for the other 128 hours. “The 128” was developed during Dr. Brumley’s 100-day entry plan. It complements the work already taking place to improve outcomes for all students and make JPPSS one of the most improved districts in the state.