WorkSource Georgia is the state’s federal-funded employment and training system, working to connect talent with opportunity. At the local level, Douglas County works with the Atlanta Region Workforce Investment Board to utilize WIOA funds. WIOA funds are allotted to dislocated workers, low-income adults and youth and administered specifically through services geared toward helping disadvantaged citizens obtain meaningful employment.
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TradeFive is a partnership between the Douglas County School System, Douglas County Economic Development Authority, and West Georgia Technical College – www.georgiatradefive.com/
The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program is designed to provide experiences and activities that support a school to career transition. This simply means that students are allowed to work off campus in the business community in order to learn more about a chosen career. Once a student has met all requirements of WBL, the WBL Coordinator will determine the correct WBL placement for the student. The students will earn one unit of credit for each completed WBL course.
September Work-Based Learning Spotlight: Mock Interview Day 2019
How should a person prepare for interviewing for a job? How should the person dress—formal, informal, casual? What questions should she/he anticipate?
To help Douglas County Schools high school students answer these questions as well as to give them a feel for actually interviewing for a position, all five high school’s 3rd-level CTAE (Career Technical Agricultural Education) and Work-Based Learning students participated in a mock interview with community business members this past week.
“Our goal is for the community business members to conduct a 15 minute one-on-one interview with the student and then immediately give him/her feedback on answers and non-verbals (handshake, eye contact, appropriate dress, etc.,” said Whitney Lester, WBL Coordinator at NMHS.
At the beginning of the semester, juniors and seniors in 3rd level CTAE classes and Work-Based Learning Programs prepare a resume, cover letter and attend an interview skills class in preparation for the mock interview. The mock interviews are all about reducing anxiety, getting that practice and building confidence. This is an invaluable opportunity for our students.
Many of the professionals from the community have stated that they think the whole mock interview process is one of the best life skills that high schools can provide. Lester was impressed by the students — what they plan to do, their goals, and their lifestyles are many of the comments heard from interviewers state over and over again.
This semester we interviewed approximately 675 students in our five high schools.
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