Wayne County School’s Area Technology Center JAG (Job for America’s Graduates) students will have a “leg up” when it comes to employment after graduation, due to a variety of opportunities Instructor Brenda Hoover has given them this school year.
The JAG program contacted Wayne County 4-H about resources available for sixty students, mostly upperclassmen, who were preparing for life after high school. This led to conducting monthly lessons using the Kentucky 4-H Workforce Preparation curriculum taught by Wayne County 4-H Agent Toni Humble. Throughout the school year students were taught basic life skills, careers available in our area, social media etiquette, how to apply for jobs, resume writing and dressing for success.
In addition to the monthly classroom meetings, students were exposed to guest speakers from various career areas. Students also took a field trip to a local thrift store to allow them to shop for interview clothing that was donated by the store. This was a value of approximately $1,000.
The program concluded with a day-long mock interview event. There were 22 community volunteers who gathered to spend the morning interviewing 39 students that were in attendance. Giving feedback to students about interview skills, behavioral skills and resumes, students are now able to fine tune their skills and be better prepared when they enter the workforce post high school.
The day also included an etiquette lesson for a business lunch, learning proper table manners, and how to interact with community members in a semi-formal setting. A debriefing and wrap up was held by University of Kentucky Extension Specialist Chuck Stamper who specializes in workforce preparation and civic engagement.
Thank you to the local extension service and to all of the community members, who came to support the event.