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The Student Programming for Athletic and Academic Transitioning (SPAAT) is pleased to announce its expanded collaboration with Schnitzer Steel at McClymonds High School. The three-year partnership program, known as Schnitzer Academy, will support classroom training via the McClymonds Engineering Pathway, offer paid internship opportunities, scholarships, hands-on training for students interested in the metals recycling industry, lead facility tours, and eventually provide a pathway to full-time employment.

Schnitzer employs a diverse and dynamic workforce of more than 3200 individuals across the US, Puerto Rico, and Western Canada. Schnitzer teams provide essential metals recycling and recovery services, helping to keep valuable materials out of the landfill, while conserving energy and natural resources.

“Skilled labor jobs like those at Schnitzer are essential to our national and global transition to a low carbon economy,” said Tamara Lundgren, Schnitzer Chairman and CEO. “Schnitzer Academy aims to bring talented individuals to the metals recycling industry, providing a platform for sustainable development throughout our local communities and beyond.” “I look forward to continuing our work with Schnitzer to expand both college and blue-collar opportunities to our African American students in West Oakland,” said Harold Pearson, CEO of SPAAT.

Schnitzer Academy participants will:

  • Receive hands-on training from mechanics, welders and other industry experts
  • Access educational instruction on metal working, vehicle dismantling and recycling
  • Work with materials sourced directly from Schnitzer facilities including metal piping, sheet metal, and car parts
  • Attend facility tours at local Schnitzer locations

Dyllon Louis, SPAAT at McClymonds Alumni ℅ 2016, was recently hired at Schnitzer and the the first student to benefit from this partnership.

Dyllon Louis, is the first student to directly benefit from this partnership. He is a McClymonds and SPAAT alumni class of 2016 completed the engineering pathway at McClymonds. Dyllon was recently hired as an Account Manager Trainee out of the Schnitzer Oakland office. “I graduate from Grambling this Spring and this opportunity puts me in a place where I don’t have to worry about whether I’m going to be able to find a job.”

“Schnitzer Academy represents a vital step in training the next generation of recycling professionals in our local communities,” said Tasion Kwamilele, Government Public Affairs Manager in Oakland, CA.

About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in North America with operating facilities located in 25 states, Puerto Rico, and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company’s integrated operating platform also includes 50 stores which sell serviceable used auto parts from salvaged vehicles and receive
approximately 5 million annual retail visits. The Company’s steel manufacturing operations produce finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.

About SPAAT & McClymonds
SPAAT is a non-profit organization who has been supporting students in Oakland and at McClymonds High School for over 15 years to prepare for success in college, careers and life beyond sports. McClymonds High School is a public high school in the West Oakland neighborhood of Oakland, California, United States. In addition to being the third oldest high school (The School of Champions) in Oakland, it is the only comprehensive high school in West Oakland, operated
by OUSD.

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