Businesses recognized for job skills partnership

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Awards were presented July 21 at the Gillett School Board meeting to local businesses that partner with the Gillett High School Transition Program.

Receiving awards were Sunshine Child Center, the Gillett Public Library, Earthaven Museum, Woodland Village Nursing Center, the Gillett School District­­ and Howl’in Grooming and Training.

While participating in the transition program, high school students work on job sites to learn valuable information from mentors in the field. Representatives at each job site complete an evaluation of the student at the end of the job, providing feedback to the students and school staff.

The students are on the job three days a week and in the classroom twice a week.

In the classroom, the students work on a variety of career readiness skills, such as job exploration, research of postsecondary schools, applying to schools, scholarship applications, budgeting, checking accounts and banking information, and rules and laws of becoming an adult.

They also write a resume and cover letter, and practice completing job applications, interviewing, problem solving and soft job skills, including reliability, responsibility and communicating effectively with others. The overarching goal of the class is for the students to learn the skill of self-advocacy, as well as lifelong skills to find and maintain employment.