Jackson Middle School piloted career program through the WVU Extension Service | News, sports, jobs
VIENNA – A pilot program to introduce professions for students at Jackson Middle School completed its first semester in October.
The program was held by the West Virginia University Extension Service “Final” October 21, by guiding students through simulated job interviews and giving them feedback on areas for improvement.
Jodi Smith, 4-H Extension Agent and Associate Professor at WVU Extension Service, said the program gives students a better idea of what careers might be possible.
“Jobs and careers that students are interested in are diverse” She said they range from traditional areas of interest such as a doctor, nurse, attorney, and teacher to other specialized areas such as therapists, HVAC technicians, estheticians, radiologists, and photographers.
Smith said to showcase these careers and help students narrow their search, the eight-week career course offered a variety of lessons. These lessons included: setting goals, creating a vision board, job shadowing, soft skills, job applications, how to create a resume, how to dress properly, and interview techniques.
“These lessons were created by faculty members of the WVU Extension Service who are part of the WVU Post-Secondary Success Team.” said blacksmith. “There are still some lessons to be learned in some areas, and we are developing these lessons based on the lessons learned from this pilot program.”
Jill Parsons, CEO and president of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce, attended the student interviews and said the chamber would be interested in seeing similar programs in other schools.
“For some time I have wanted to have this kind of conversation with our future employees; I want them to be enthusiastic and realistic about the careers available in our community and the path towards those careers. “ said Parsons. “The WVU Extension Services pilot program is a wonderful place to start, and I hope that the MOV Chamber can play a role in this type of endeavor in the near future – the opportunity for junior high and high school students to guide various employees would be a wonderful partnership between the chamber, the employers of the region and the school system. I really believe that it is never too early on a student’s journey to make a career search easier. “