Going through a job interview is one of the most nervous experiences for a teenager. Two Jennings County High School teachers are trying to help students be more prepared and comfortable in interview situations.

Kim Graham and Michelle Dean teach the Preparing for Careers and College Readiness class. One of the assignments was completed the last week of November. Business professionals from the local community were invited to teach sophomores the proper way to interview.

Among those who volunteered their time to teach the students were:

  • Amanda Morrison, Grammer Industries
  • Sally Woods, Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence
  • Cindy Byford, St. Vincent Jennings Hospital
  • Lisa Fleming, Erler Industries
  • Chelsea Morrison, Martinrea International Inc.

Dean said her class explores many skills that the students will need after high school. It is a one-semester class and required for all sophomores.

In the class, students research careers of interest to them. They also search for post-secondary training to fulfill their career goal, which may include a four-year college degree or entering the workforce by attending classes for a trade, such as a mechanic, welder or electrician.

In the class, students are given experience in applying for a job, creating a targeted résumé and then go through the interviewing process.

Graham and Dean emphasize the work ethic needed in the workforce, such as dependability, customer service, conflict resolution and problem solving.

“We also take a close look at personal finance, budgeting, saving money and the dangers of debt and credit cards,” Graham said.

Community members from the professional workforce said they enjoy participating in the mock interviews.

“It is an excellent way to connect the community with the school, as well as provides a real-life experience for the students,” said Angee Leeds, youth director for the First Christian Church. “I always find them kind and considerate.”

Ashley Browning is a senior at Jennings County High School.