LIMA — Dawnisha Fisher is still in high school, but she is already working and getting paid in the field she will one day be employed in full-time.
A partnership between Lima Senior High School and Ohio Means Jobs placed Fisher at Unity Elementary School, where she works several days a week as a paraprofessional in a kindergarten classroom.
“It’s been good,” said the senior in Lima Senior’s early childhood education program. “I really like working with kids and helping younger people. I really like how when I come into the classroom and they are so happy to see me.”
The Ohio Means Jobs program offers a variety of supports including purchasing work clothing, transportation if needed and other kinds of guidance and help.
“They will follow her for a year after she graduates offering her support,” Lima Senior early childhood education teacher Tina Hamilton-Shoemaker said. “My goal is to get all of my juniors involved next year. They learn more getting that hands-on experience. They really need that.”
Ohio Means Jobs has assisted and found work for five additional early childhood education students. They are at the West Ohio Community Action Partnership and North Middle School.