Job Exploration Training classes work to emphasize school spirit
May 30, 2012 • Jennyfer Baldwin, Staff Writer
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A teacher at Howell High School is helping to construct a plan of improvement for the high school’s environment. Carolyn Bishop is a teacher of the Job Exploration Training classes. The Job Exploration Training Classes help prepare students for their careers.
“We teach job related skills,” explains Ms. Bishop, “along with workplace safety, having a positive attitude, interview processes and how to fill out a job application. The class benefits students in so many ways. JET classes build self-esteem; help build pride in the tasks they (the students) complete. It provides them with the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Some students would not get these otherwise.”
The goal of this year’s JET classes was to start educating students who may have little to no work experience while also working on building school spirit. One of the projects the students tackled was the decorating of lockers, particularly senior lockers.
The classes also work the school’s recycling program, going around the 10-12 building and picking up recyclables. The hope for this class is to make their efforts widespread throughout the district. Slowly but surely, their goal of school improvement is becoming noticed. It won’t be long before other schools pick up on these trends.
“The main focus is on building work skills and social skills needed to work safely and cooperatively with others.” says Ms. Bishop. The curriculum proposal for this class includes things such as having a student-led business.
The students in the current classes are working on strategies to be introduced to the student body next year about coming together to make the school experience more enjoyable for everyone.
“I loved high school and I want students to walk away from high school with the positives that they remember,” said Ms. Bishop. “These students work very hard and put not only a lot of effort, but also physical labor into our work experiences. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work. I just guide them.”