A REAL EYE-OPENER

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This last week has been an eye-opener for me!  For the first time in my life, I have experienced, first- hand, what a person thinks and feels when they are “laid-off”.  As a quick summary, my son was “laid-off” from his National Account Manager position due to an economic down-turn within this corporation.  I watched a young man, mid-thirties with four children, deal with the realities that were facing him. 

I learned so much as I watched him begin the new “job hunt”!  First, I probably would have wanted to wait a couple of days to get my head on straight and think through my next steps.  He, however, dove in head-first and actually went to a Job Fair at the local college, the next day.  As we talked later, I was surprised at his motives but realized that he was so on target.  Although most of the jobs at the Fair were not what he would have normally looked at, he gave me these reasons:

  • I need to know what is out there
  • I need to practice telling people what has happened so that I can get rid of the angry tone in my voice.
  • I need to hear myself repeat things so I can begin to formulate better ways of explaining why I am looking for a job.
  • I need to see that I am not alone in my search.  There are hundreds of others in this same situation.
  • I need to be doing something instead of just sitting at home.

Second, I learned that all job applications are now on-line with no spell-check option.  I have decided to make this On-Line Application Process a goal for this school year.  Our students are already doing it out in the world of work.  We need to help them practice this skill.

Third, I learned that nicely word-processed resumes are great but employers now want applicants to “copy and paste” those resumes into a box on the application.  You can imagine what that does to all the formatting we spend so much time teaching.   I also learned that you carry your resume with you on a jump-drive.  You can rewrite and “copy and paste” quickly onto an application.

At the beginning I mentioned that I learned these things first-hand.  You see, I happened to be in Muscatine, Iowa, visiting my son and his family as this was happening.  I went to the Job Fair.  After introducing myself to the Work Force Service personnel at the Fair, they graciously allowed me to watch their processes.  I watched them

  • Offer jump drives to the applicants
  • Teach the applicants to write resumes
  • Teach the applicants to “change” resumes to fit each job
  • Help the applicants to complete on-line applications
  • Teach the applicants to “copy and paste” resumes
  • Critique the applicants appearance

I hope that my family’s experience will never become a reality for anyone in your family.  However, I do hope that over the next few months, we as a CTE team, will begin to relook at some of the lessons we teach our students and make sure that we are offering them every opportunity to learn things that are relevant to the world of work today. 

I would so encourage each of you to visit a Career Fair in our community and just see what is happening in Weber County and the rest of Utah.

Earning Work-Based Learning Credit at Two Rivers High School

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Before a student may earn Work-Based Learning (WBL) credit , they must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be successfully employed.
  2. Have a completed and signed Work-Based Learning Agreement on file.
  3. Complete one of the following before WBL credit may be awarded:
  • Enroll in the Career Orientation curriculum and successfully complete              0.25 credit.  A maximum of 2.0 WBL credits may be posted at that time.  When an additional 0.25 Career Orientation credit is earned, a student may earn another 2.0 WBL credit.
  • Complete with a minimum of 80% accuracy the Critical Workplace Skills Packet.  This packet of materials costs $35. 

In addition, students must:

  • Submit a Hold Harmless Agreement signed by the parent.
  • Submit a copy of pay stubs at the end of each pay period.
  • Strive to develop good work habits.  Maintain a high level of attendance and performance while at work.
  • Confirm to the rules and regulations of the training site and maintain confidentiality.
  • Provide transportation to and from the work site.
  • Notify the CTE Coordinator if there is a change of employment.