Huntsville based Kids to Love received a grant of $40,000 for their KTECH job training program. Kids to Love serves children in the foster care system. Recognizing that as these children age out, they need a pathway to financial stability and employment, as well as life skills. KTECH seeks to establish a pipeline between industry and a certified employment pool by training qualified teens through a program where they earn certifications in Robotics, sauntering, and the Siemen’s International certification that provides training for opportunities in skilled jobs in the auto industry and manufacturing. These certifications can provide immediate entry into well-paying jobs, but they can also be a pathway to further education. Students may then pursue further certifications and education through opportunities their employer provides and funds, or they may choose to use their new skills to obtain a job that helps them pay for college.
Kids to Love works closely with each student to remove any barriers to their success. This level of involvement is reflected in the success of their students who typically have some of the highest test scores on the certification tests. In addition, students take life skills classes and learn about money management. They also cover real life challenges and the pitfalls to avoid.