By Marianne Scott Rushville Republican
---- — High school and college graduates face a much different employment environment than prior generations have experienced. While new employment figures are making snail like progress, it’s no secret that RCHS students are encouraged to do whatever they can to prepare for an ever changing job market.
An integral part of that preparation for the job market at RCHS includes the Job Club. The Job Club gives students the opportunity to experience various employment environments as part of their job skills training program.
Stacy Painter is taking advantage of this program by working with the Rushville Elementary West preschool program two days a week. In this environment, she is privy to how a preschool classroom works as well as the many aspects of preparation and coordination that take place. Interaction with students is primary as well as seeing first hand if this might be something she’d like to do after graduating.
“Working with kids is the best part of this experience,” Stacy added.
“This program is a great opportunity for students to experience first-hand what various jobs might entail. Stacy does an outstanding job with our students. She has become a part of the preschool family here at RESW,” cited Tutti Martz (preschool teacher).
Approximately 13 students are participating in the Job Club experience this semester. This hands-on experience would not be possible if it weren’t for local businesses who have stepped up to offer various job opportunities. These businesses include Goodwill, Lakers (Farm), Rushville Public Library, Pizza King, Kroger, Walmart, Shares, Odums, First Presbyterian Church, and the RCHS Agri-Tech Business department.
Other businesses wishing to participate in the Job Club program should contact Kim Nicholson at (765) 938-2812.