GRB students learn skills in work study program


G. Ray Bodley High School has created a Career Exploration/Work-Study Learning Experience (CEWSLW) to help students obtain 21st Century workplace skills.
 
The program, coordinated by teacher Mike Thurlow, is open to students in grades 11 and 12 who aim to utilize theories and skills they gathered in their classroom and apply them to real-world work environments. The CEWSLW will help students map out their futures by allowing them to explore their interests, values, strengths and weaknesses, all while acquiring credit toward graduation.
 
New skills gained will be applied at job sites throughout the Fulton community. Available experiences include, but are not limited to, banking, cosmetology, construction, hotel management, sports management, marketing and culinary arts. Thurlow said while 25 local businesses have shown their support for the program, additional possibilities are endless.
 
Thurlow said students will complete a resume, cover letter and job experience. He will conduct student interviews and have them participate in roundtable discussions alongside their parents and participating business partners. A program requirement, he said, is students will have to write reflections of their experiences.


GRB student Noah Phellps, right, shares his excitement for English
as a Second Language with his peers in GRB’s ESL classroom
where he is learning new skills as part of the high school’s work
study program, which aims to help make students employable.