Students learned interview skills

To the editor:

A big hearfelt thank you to all the community agencies who contributed their time and talent to the CCISD’s interviewing workshop on March 15 at MTU. Students in the Copper Country and Marquette Alger experienced a taste of what to expect as an adult in the real world after graduation. About 64 junior and senior student in special education spent the day balancing check books, doing mock interviews and learning about career options after graduation. Dozens of community members volunteered their time and talents as well. The event would not be possible without the support from the following:

Copper Country Intermediate School District, MTU Career Services, Keweenaw Business and Professional Women (KBPW) Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Michigan Transition Services.

Thank you to the employers who volunteered for the day’s mock interviews. They are as follows: Veronic Horning, St Peter and Paul; Sandy Giordana, Department of Health and Human Services; Pete Autio, L’Anse Manufacturing; Mary Smith, CCISD Service Center; Chris Wilmers, UP Portage Hospital; Cindy Figures, MTU Career Services; Beth Willimas, Melissa Michaelson, Shelly Farrey, DIAL Help; Mike Gaunt; KBIC Counselor Sarah Woodruff; S.A.I.L Leslie Hannah; Timothy Vallier, Bureau of Service for Blind Persons; Jody Johnson Stang, Decisions System; Garret Peters, Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

Thank you to the panel of community agencies and educational Institutions who encouraged students to consider some of the services after graduation: MTU Summer Youth Program Lauren Kirwin, ROTC Maj. Farley, National Guard Christopher Bates, NMU Jacobetti Center Megan DelBello, Finlandia University Craig Kangas, Gogebic Community College, Glen Guibault Michigan Career Technical Institute Sue Zwyghuizen, Amicorp Marcy Erickson, MiWorks! Trisa Todd and Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Kathy Flagstadt and Trina Ruokola.

And a special thank you to MTU catering for a fantastic five-course business lunch.

Thank you also to Stephen Patchin, director of MTU Career Service Center, for the fantastic interviewing tips and an etiquette lesson.

Thank you, Copper Country, for your support and encouragement to our youth!