Students Receive Feedback and Advice from Local Business Professionals
Rancho Cucamonga, CA—April 27, 2018: With graduation around the corner, dozens of Garey High School seniors received a boost of confidence from an afternoon of mock job interviews held by Inland Empire United Way’s Launch Point program. The April 24th and 25th events were the first of their kind and signal development in Launch Point’s college and career readiness curriculum.
Teacher Anna Marie Cruz provided her Entrepreneurship class with an opportunity to test out the skills she has taught them. “From the day that the students walk into my classroom, they start learning the skills they need for the business world,” Ms. Cruz explains as she watched her students navigate their interviews. “But as much as I can tell them and practice in the classroom, there is nothing like giving them the chance to test out these skills with professionals.”
For many students, this was the first time they had ever sat down for an interview. “I was nervous at first,” confided Michelle Rodriguez, “but once we started talking I was able to express myself. The interviewer gave me advice about posture and other ways to make a good impression. Now, I understand how to act in a professional setting.”
Some students used their interviews as an opportunity to get to know more about a specific company’s culture. Tyron Thomas immediately jumped at the chance to practice his interview skills with UPS. “I gained knowledge of how the interview went and got some good advice. My interviewer told me that little things go a long way,” Tyron shared.
His interviewer, Teresa Leon of UPS, was upbeat about Tyron’s performance. “He did really well and I elaborated on his good qualities. His energy is definitely an asset,” Teresa commented, as she wrote down suggestions for Tyron.
This dialogue between interviewer and interviewee went a long way for students who lack opportunities to practice these skills. According to the California Department of Education, 90% of students at Garey High School are socioeconomically disadvantaged, and only 39% of 12th graders complete the courses required to attend a U.C. or C.S.U. “Launch Point is needed to help kids find their way before graduation. As professionals, we can encourage students and provide them with genuine feedback. This can alter the direction of their lives,” said volunteer Paula Menendez of Chaffey Federal Credit Union.
About IEUW’s Launch Point Program: Launch Point works in partnership with local schools to develop a college-going and career-ready culture that inspires and equips students with the information and resources they need to finish high school with a viable plan for a living-wage career. By educating students and parents about options for their future, and empowering them to develop plans for their pathway to college and career, we aim to ensure that all students, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds, can achieve their educational dreams.
For more information and to get involved with volunteer opportunities about Inland Empire United Way’s Launch Point program, visit https://ieuw.org/launchpoint/