For years, Dr. Tunishia Ford and her team have come in to the “little theater” at the Taylor High School and talked to students about the STEP UP program she runs every summer.
STEP UP stands for Simulate Teacher Empower Potentially Incoming Professionals Program, an event Carly Lundgren-Bernard, school marketing director and Class of 2019 advisor, has always supported.
“This is such an amazing program and will still be running this summer,” she said. “If the stay at home order stays in effect they will teach remotely through Zoom, Google classroom, etc. We have had a total of 21 Taylor students graduate from this program over the last two years. This year one of our alumni students Mohammad Monet will be assisting with the program. I can vouch personally for this program as two of my own children have also gone through it.”
Dr. Ford brings in professional business owners, accountants, marketing specialists, among others to help guide, mentor, and teach the students about opening their own businesses and putting together their business plans. There is lunch provided, supplies given, awards, graduation and experience and mentors for resumes. There is a fee to join but if money is a problem she finds businesses to sponsor those students, as she has done for many of THS students.