Martin Hernandez

Martin Hernandez, a recent graduate of Westview High School in Avondale, landed a job at Honeywell through the Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) program. 

Honeywell hired Martin Hernandez, a graduate of Westview High School in Avondale, through the Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) program. Hernandez was hired to help produce critical personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The two JAG students were hired as assemblers in the Honeywell Aerospace Phoenix plant, where they will be making N95 masks to meet the urgent need of frontline workers during the coronavirus outbreak. Their responsibilities will include overseeing the machinery and quality testing.

“It’s gratifying that our students are securing meaningful work at one of Arizona’s most prominent companies, especially during this very difficult job market. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to utilize the job skills they have learned through the JAG program to contribute positively during this crisis,” said Graciela Garcia Candia, president of Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates. 

“We’re highly impressed by Honeywell’s extremely high standards for employee safety in the midst of this pandemic, and the JAG team feels very comfortable sending our students to work there.”

Honeywell is producing millions of N95 masks, converting space within existing manufacturing facilities to address the unprecedented demand for safety gear. 

An N95 mask is a respirator specifically built with materials that filter out particles in the air with 95% efficiency. Honeywell has implemented safety precautions in its facilities, per CDC guidelines, to help keep employees safe and healthy. These protocols include frequent cleaning and sanitizing, restricting site access, and enforcing proper social distancing.

JAG works with youth from 6th grade through age 24 and runs school and community-based programs throughout the state. JAG has served nearly 40,000 students in Arizona since 1980.