FY '10 New Look Grant Project - "Your Future is Calling"
What we did:
In collaboration with Capital Area Career Center (CACC), we expanded and improved on our project from FY 09. We held another career and education fair for students studying career and technical education at CACC with an emphasis on promoting non-traditional students. This year we had more employers (20) and more student, faculty, and staff involvement from LLCC (15 departments represented). The event was also lengthened from one very long day to three full learning days. On day 1, students attended interactive employability workshops focusing on preparing for an interview, dressing for an interview, and creating a great resume. The 2nd day students worked with their instructors in class on a variety of career/job search activities. The final day of the project allowed students to use their new skills by interacting with employers and LLCC department representatives.
How it worked:
Having changed the layout into three full days allowed both students and faculty to learn more and remember more information. Students were able to listen and learn the first day, actively work with it on the second day in a classroom setting, then actually apply the information in real life on the third day. Evaluations in the form of surveys were very positive from both students and employers.
What we learned:
True collaboration between secondary and postsecondary is attainable and truly essential if projects helping students transition into college are to be successful.
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