The first class of a newly created program, Hire Me First, begins on Monday, January 11, 2016, for area high school students. The class is held at the Mesa County Workforce Center from 4-6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The program is designed to take students on a journey of career exploration, workplace skill development, and job place immersion that will put them “first” when it comes to applying for work with an employer.

Approximately 15 students are signed up for the class, and will be taking ACT WorkKeys Assessments, participating in 21st Century Workplace Skills’ workshops that teach Collaboration, Communication, Initiative, Critical Thinking, and Teamwork, along with a Career Project that includes preparing a Cover Letter, Resume, and Mock Interview followed by up to six different Job Shadow experiences in local businesses in the community. Students earn One (1) elective credit, with an opportunity to earn additional elective credit depending on the level of student’s award on ACT WorkKeys Assessments. Upon completion of the class, students will be issued a Hire Me First Certificate, which will be recognized by businesses and gets them hired “first” before students who didn’t participate in the class.

For more information, please contact Terri Smatla, Workforce Development Coordinator at the Chamber (Terri@gjchamber.org or (970) 263-2916).

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