MI Windows and Doors hired three top prospects at its signing day on May 26.

Pictured from left: Amy Gehring, Cody Crabill, Hunter Zerby and Jared Shade

Upper Dauphin Area High School seniors Hunter Zerby, Cody Craybill, and Haiden Urich all signed a “certificate of achievement” recognizing their decision to accept full-time positions at MI’s manufacturing facility in Gratz, Pa. The trio, who began working full-time last week, went through high school graduation ceremonies the day after the signing.

The three new team members have all been working part-time with the company through Upper Dauphin’s Diversified Occupations/Co-op program, in which students spend part of their school day at area jobsites. Upper Dauphin’s cooperative education coordinator and teacher Amy Gehring administers the program.

“The key to our success is we’ve partnered with quality employers like MI,” she said. “We want our students to be successful and have options after high school. Cody, Hunter, and Haiden already have job experience. They’ve built qualities and attributes that employers value, and they’re already ahead of the game.”

Urich is an assembler on the 4300 Series line, while Craybill and Zerby both work on the 910 sliding-glass door line.

Zerby is following in the footsteps of his father Dan, a long-time MI team member.

“He’s been with the company 30-some years,” Zerby said of his father. “I have a lot of family and friends who work here.”

Unlike Zerby, Craybill didn’t have family at MI Windows and doors, but, he was eager to learn and happy to be with the company.

“I came here a month into the school year, and it seemed like a job I wanted to continue with,” Craybill said. “I’m excited to start my career path here.”

Upper Dauphin superintendent Jared Shade attended the signing ceremony. An Upper Dauphin graduate himself, he’s proud of what his students have accomplished through the co-op program.
“For too long, there’s been a closed door between industry and schools,” Shade said. “I like partnering with local employers to open those doors.”

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