If local companies are looking for summer workers who want to learn, are reliable and know how to handle themselves in a professional manner, Sharon Watkins knows about 130 teens WorkPlus can connect them with.
Watkins, coordinator for the Learning Cafe at Springfield High School, partnered with WorkPlus One Stop this spring to offer a 5-week, career-preparedness training course for students. The volunteer program was designed to teach the soft skills every employee needs to be successful at any level of employment – from how to dress and act professionally, to how to arrive on time and properly handle mobile devices.
Students who successfully completed the 5-week program will receive assistance from WorkPlus on securing employment this summer.
Watkins said employers can be encouraged by the participation in the program.
“We were thrilled that 100 students had signed up within the first week,” she said. “That says that they want to work and are willing to pay the price to have a shot at that.”
Of the 161 students who signed up, 132 completed the requirements, which included essays, program attendance and tests.
The innovative programs at the Learning Café are great examples of what school districts throughout Clark County are doing to prepare our students for success after graduation – whether that is college, in the workforce or both.
The community as a whole benefits from this effort – it increases the income-earning potential of our residents, keeps our companies here where good workers are and attracts new companies to our community and its prepared workforce.
With three out of four local school levies having failed this month, I hope we will stop to remember that whether we have school-aged children or not, the success of our schools is crucial if we want to move our community forward.
For more information about the Learning Café visit http://www.spr.k12.oh.us/LearningCafe.cfm
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