About 200 Jennings County High School students participated this week in mock interviews, thanks to the help of some local professionals. The two-day session teaches JCHS students how to prepare for the day when they will be interviewing for a real job and not just for a classroom assignment.
“Preparing for College and Careers” class is taught each semester by Kim Graham and Susan Spicer.
In order to prepare for a real-world interview, personnel experts and local industry managers were brought into the high school library to share in their interviewing experiences.
Holli Barger of Cummins Inc., a JCHS graduate, said “I appreciate the opportunity to share real-world experience with our future workforce, as well as the opportunity to learn from the students. It is important that we share our knowledge with our future professionals.”
- Chelsea Morrison from the Jay C Food Stores
- Angee Leeds from First Christian Church
- Lisa Barton from Hilex Poly
- Marie Shepherd, the Chamber of Commerce director
- Bob Spicer and Jack Napier from Regal Industries
- Holli Barger from Cummins Inc.
- Sthele Greybar from the Jennings County Purdue Extension Office
- Rick McGill, North Vernon fire chief
- Jenny Vogel from the Jennings County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Kim Allman from Rose Acre Farms
- Mark Dearing from Jennings County Youth Leadership
- Lisa Fleming from Erler’s Industries
Sophomore Caleb Eder was grateful for the chance to interview for the first time in his life. “I was very confident going into the interview, but I learned some things that will assist me when the real interview comes.”
Marie Shepherd of the Chamber of Commerce, a JCHS graduate, said, “I truly enjoyed the experience of working with our young adults of this community. I feel it is very important we share our knowledge and experience so our future workforce can succeed. Local industry is very dependent on the local workforce, and anything we can do to make our students stronger, makes for a stronger community.”
Kim Graham, instructor at JCHS, said, “This is around the 10th year of this event, and it is extremely helpful for some students who may be applying for Jennings County Youth Leadership group, the Lilly Scholarship interviews or when they look for a job while still in school. You cannot put a value on how much this experience can benefit the student.”
Mason Smith is a Jennings County High School senior.