Tacoma’s summer jobs program received its largest private sponsorship this week from State Farm Insurance, whose offices anchor downtown.
State Farm gave the city of Tacoma $20,000 for its Summer Jobs 253 program Monday, according to a news release.
“State Farm strongly supports providing high school students with the opportunity to acquire life skills, work experience and to earn high school credit” said State Farm agent Wendi Thomas during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “The additional opportunity for the students to gain financial literacy and to learn about workplace etiquette places the (Summer Jobs) 253 program squarely at the top of our list for support.”
The program receives funding from the city, as well as from community partnerships and participating employer contributions. This year, the program expects to serve 150 incoming Tacoma high school juniors and seniors, who will be placed with employers.