Jobs 253

Our Jobs 253 employment program provides Tacoma high school students with: 

  • 75 hours of job training and experience 
  • High school credit 
  • An academic completion bonus 
  • Basic work readiness 
  • Resume/interview skills 
  • Increased self-confidence and personal growth 

Jobs 253 offers TPS sophomores and juniors the opportunity to earn high school credit for graduation while gaining meaningful work experience through 75 hours of job training and experience, for which students can earn up to a $1000 stipend. Students can earn a .5 CTE elective course for completing a self-directed Next Move Intro Course which develops professionalism skills essential to success in the workplace.

Below are criteria for earning a Jobs 253 stipend:

Jobs 253 Selection Criteria

  1. Benefits your school/community/neighborhood and/or addresses some specific community need (Ask yourself, when I do this project, who am I helping?)
  2. Develops meaningful leadership skills in students
  3. Is approved by neighbors, organizations and others impacted by your project
  4. Can be completed safely with materials/supplies available to student (including masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  5. Is deemed safe by supervising parent/guardian, school staff, organizational staff

For more information about Jobs 253 and to join, please email Brady Bekker: bbekker@tacoma.k12.wa.us