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Interviewing workshop helpful

December 29, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Thank you to the Copper Country Community Council, Michigan Technological University Career Center, Jim Turnquist, Michigan Tech Memorial Union Building staff, Keweenaw Business and Professional Women (KBPW), Michigan Works, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Rick and Diane Conklin from Northern Transition, Inc. and the Copper Country Intermediate School District for co-sponsoring the annual interviewing workshop at Michigan Tech.

The interviewing workshop prepares junior and senior high school students from the Copper Country for the adult world of work. Students attend sessions aimed at interviewing, deciphering their strengths and abilities, luncheon etiquette and the Reality Store. The Reality Store sponsored by KBPW is an interactive activity which teaches life skills such as budgeting, balancing a checkbook, buying insurance, wise consumer choices and making thoughtful budgeting decisions. Chris Babbitt from Michigan Tech's Career Center was available to answered resume questions between sessions.

An especially big thank you goes to the employers and volunteers who interviewed students and provided feedback, improving students' confidence and techniques during an interview.

Volunteers are as follows: From Portage Health - Joni Erkkila, Wellness Coordinator and Jane Manderfield, Department Secretary Clinical Education; Tom Pintar, Wells Fargo Bank; Michigan Tech University School of Business and Economics recruiter Jodie Filpus; L'Anse Manufacturing - Mary Smith; Ski Service Manager of Mont Ripley - Chris Maxson; Board of Finance from Ss. Peter and Paul, Sandy Giordana; Michigan Tech Director of Career Services, Jim Turnquist; U.P. Advocate for Individuals Families and Children, Renee Marion; CCISD Social Worker Shelly Smith; Michigan Department of Human Services - Pete Autio; Child & Family Services - Romana Vosecky; Copper Country Mental Health - Marja Salani; Michigan Works - Tess Paakola; Veterans Employment Representative Veterans Services Division - Scott R. Cleary; Goodwill Industries - Keith Stenger and Chris Babbitt from the Michigan Tech Career Center for career guidance. Also, thank you to Lisa Sporbert's class at the CCISD for stuffing the student folders.

When preparing students for life after high school, there are two questions we need to consider: Are the schools and communities doing what is necessary to prepare our student for life after high school, and how do we know they are?I believe we can answer yes to both of those questions. The volunteers, teachers, students, agencies, organizations and schools demonstrated their commitment to our young adults by enthusiastically participating in this event.

I am proud to say that the Copper Country community is doing an outstanding job partnering with our schools by leading our students on the road to a successful transition into adult living.

Thank you all again.

Lois Weber, Transition Coordinator

Copper Country Intermediate School District




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