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.
November Work-Based Learning Spotlight: Mock Interview Day
Last month across the county at any of our five high schools you could find a group of juniors or seniors sit in chairs, each clutching resumes and cover letters. The girls wear dresses or skirts. The boys in slacks, a dress shirt and tie.
“I was just telling them that I wished they dressed like this all the time,” says Work-Based Learning Coordinator Whitney Lester.
But these juniors and seniors are dressed for mock interviews, and those only happen twice a year – once Fall Semester and once Spring Semester.
At the beginning of Fall semester, juniors and seniors in 3rd level CTAE (Career Technical Agricultural Education) classes and Work-Based Learning Programs prepare a resume and cover letter and attend an interview skills class. Then at the end of the semester complete a 15-minute mock interview with volunteers from the community.
The mock interviews are all about reducing anxiety, getting that practice and building confidence. How many of us get the chance to practice before the first professional interview in our life?
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. I am so impressed by the students — what they plan to do, their goals, and their lifestyles are many of the comments you will hear the interviewers state over and over again. Feedback is shared with both student and teacher.
Feedback from many of the students is very positive as well – “made me feel very comfortable.” “I really enjoyed the whole experience and learning about what I should and shouldn’t do during an interview.”
Fall semester we interviewed approximately 720 students in our five high schools.
For more information about Chapel Hill High School or the Work-Based learning program contact Leslie Austin @ email@example.com
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