ANGELS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Math, science, history and language are essential courses in high school, but it’s just as important that teens learn basic job skills to help them get and keep jobs. Learn4Life, a network of public secondary schools that offers personalized learning and one-on-one instruction, does just that. While graduating, all Learn4Life students take a 10-week career skills course which allows them to explore career goals and learn basic IT, CV preparation and interview etiquette .
from June 6 to 10 is Business Etiquette Week which raises awareness of the need for positive behavior in the workplace. “You might think it’s obvious to show up on time or not wear flip flops to a job interview, but some need to learn that etiquette,” said Joseph Scibana, director of programs at professional and experiential learning. “We make sure students are prepared for an interview and many of our schools maintain closets with appropriate clothing they can borrow.”
Learn4Life saw such a need for career and life skills training in its more than 80 schools that it created a program to help students get and keep the jobs they pursue. “Many of our students lacked organizational skills, struggled with grammar, didn’t know how to fill out a job application, handle a job interview, or understand the basics of appropriate work behavior,” Scibana added. . “We have several other elective courses so teens can learn the skills they need to be successful in any job they want to pursue. With employers actively seeking qualified candidates this summer, our students have a distinct advantage.
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He said the various skills courses teach students about workplace communication, career readiness, employability skills, leadership and financial literacy, exploring topics such as:
- Why dress code and professional appearance are important
- What is ethical communication?
- Communication in the workplace
- Are my academic skills relevant to the workplace?
- How can a work environment help or hinder success?
- What job skills are relevant in all industries?
- What to know about income, debt, wealth accumulation, financial institutions and investing
For example, a 10-credit Small Business Management course provides an in-depth introduction to business communication and business management. Students identify and develop their professional interests as well as skills in planning, starting, marketing and running their own business.
Students can then progress to a specific CTE career path – with options such as computer programming, catering, healthcare, construction, veterinary medicine, robotics, construction and cybersecurity. They receive hands-on training and earn industry-recognized certifications so they can secure internships, apprenticeships, or jobs.
One student, Roxeanna, was shy and had limited social skills, which kept her at her previous school. At Learn4Life, she was encouraged by her teachers and counselor to take the vocational skills courses and follow a CTE pathway in early childhood development. They helped her land a job as a teaching assistant, and thanks to Learn4Life’s flexible schedule, she can work full time and come to school in the early evening. She is taking dual-enrollment classes at a local community college, which she knows will save her money after graduation when she enrolls in college. Read Roxeanna’s story here.
Learn more about Learn4Life and its vocational training.
Learn4Life is a network of nonprofit public schools that provides students with personalized learning, career training, and life skills. Each school is locally controlled, tuition-free, and provides students with the flexibility and individual attention they need to succeed. Serving more than 47,000 students – including full-time students and intersessional students – we help them prepare for a future beyond high school. For more information, please visit www.learn4life.org.