Providing opportunities for students to learn and grow outside the classroom is just as important as learning in the classroom.
With the help of neighborhood bike shops, Tulsa Public Schools has been able to establish several bike clubs at schools, but Tulsa MET will be the first in school in Oklahoma with a bike shop in school grounds.
The bike shop will take on the responsibility of maintaining bike club fleets for clubs throughout the district, providing students real-world experiences and opportunities.
Students will be selected for an internship to work at the bike shop and will go through the entire hiring process, teaching students about resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and acquiring references and recommendations.
The bike shop will have six workstations with room for two groups of students teach. The program will have about 12 9th-10th graders.
Once students have been selected, they will be eligible to go through a certification program by Project Bike Tech. They'll also receive class and internship credits.
The program is designed to be challenging, hands-on, and will help students develop team building and critical thinking skills.
Michael Wozniak and Adam Vanderburg with Bike Club Tulsa have been working to build bike clubs with Tulsa Public Schools and are helping start Tulsa MET's bike shop.
“There is a need for bicycle mechanics throughout the world,” Adam and Michael said. “This bike shop will be a great branch for other careers for students.”
They have worked closely with Bentonville Alternative Schools, which has a similar bike shop and has offered to send over students and teachers from Arkansas to help train and prep Tulsa MET’s bike shop workers.
Tulsa MET Bike Shop is set to open spring 2019.