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MPS students get a crash course on the real-world through partnership with local businesses

Posted at 7:12 AM, Feb 24, 2020

MILWAUKEE — This Black History Month, a family-owned construction company is giving back to our next generation.

Dozens of Milwaukee middle school students got a rare opportunity inside the world of construction. The company that helped build Fiserv Forum is helping students dream big.

From handshakes to tough interview questions, students from Milwaukee School of Sign Language were given a rare look inside JCP Construction at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and W. Vine.

The crash course started with a game of Jeopardy. Then, they were grilled with the exact questions the company answered to land a huge role working for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

"It's very helpful that he helped me how to do an interview, so when I grow up I can do an interview like I did there," said Camron Allen, middle school student.

"Be The Spark Education Tours" are thanks to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The collaboration with MPS gives 125 businesses the chance to show students the skills they need to succeed.

For Damien Carr, he looks up to the three brothers who created JCP Construction.

"I only have one brother and hope that we create a safe community and a friendly one," said Carr.

"To be in high school in the next two years it's important for them to have a feel for what the real world looks like, and coming from MPS just made sense for us," said Clifton Phelps, JCP Construction.

Click here to learn more about Spark Tours.

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