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Michael Burks

Michael is a student at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Harry and Lynde Bradley Technology and Trade School (Bradley Tech). He has a passion for STEM and service. After high school, he plans to pursue degrees in engineering and criminal justice while serving his country in the Army National Guard. And he’s well on his way! Michael is already accepted to South Dakota State University and is awaiting a decision from UW- Eau Claire.

Michael is currently participating in Milwaukee Public Schools’ WI Youth Apprenticeship Program at Capitol Stampings. He’s had the opportunity to build pulleys, measure metal parts, and model 2D and 3D designs through the engineering software, AutoCAD. Michael’s advanced skills and training are sure to enhance his engineering studies, future job opportunities, and any business lucky enough to have him.

To top it off, Michael has extensive work experience. As a former Earn & Learn participant, he worked at a local fire department. While there, he served his community by assembling smoke detectors for local families. Michael credits his time with Earn & Learn for the work ethic and discipline he has today. These lessons are best captured in Michael’s advice to underclassmen: Work hard and you’ll make it far.

Earn & Learn – Private Sector Job Connection is your chance to hire an outstanding student worker just like Michael. Our applicants bring a range of experience, skills, and passion to your business. Don’t hesitate- hire a student like Michael today by filling out a job order form here.

Youth Apprenticeship and Earn & Learn are work-based learning programs that give students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to workplace situations, while they earn wages and gain work experience.







Mayor Barrett's Earn & Learn program provides employment opportunities in the city for high school youth and young adults, exposing them to the working world and improving workforce preparedness.

About Earn & Learn

Mayor Barrett's Earn & Learn program in the City of Milwaukee helps young people make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood by providing opportunities to develop work-readiness skills while they earn wages working in government, community- and faith-based organizations and private sector businesses.

Earn & Learn is operated jointly by the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) and the Milwaukee Department of City Development (DCD). 

Earn & Learn is part of a regional effort ensure the economic growth and vitality of the Milwaukee metropolitan area by preparing young people to successfully enter the future labor force.