Trekkers students learn from mock interviews

Jan 06, 2017
Courtesy of: Trekkers Trekkers 10th grade students’ Business Scavenger Hunt at VStv included students, from left, front: Jeanna Fagundo, Amiah Marquis, Lex Marquis and Ella Finger; rear, VStv staff Tyler Southard, Zach Miller, Jessica Jones and Bethany Ricciardi.

Thomaston — Trekkers’ 10th-grade students recently completed a four-week Life Skills Course designed to help them gain professional skills and knowledge through mock job interviews at area businesses. The Life Skills Course is part of the Cross-America Trekkers program offered each year to high school sophomores. This year, professionals from Camden National Bank, First National Bank, Fisher Engineering, Glen Cove Dental Associates, Target Marketing, VStv, and Dream Local hosted mock interviews for Trekkers students at their workplaces.

The Life Skills Course includes a workshop in résumé-writing, professional etiquette, appropriate dress, self-confidence and answering interview questions. Each student created a résumé to share with the participating interviewers. They practiced interview skills by conducting a Business Scavenger Hunt to the following community business participants: Dream Local, Rheal Day Spa, Distinctive Tile & Design, Island Institute, Target Marketing, Grasshopper Shop, and Salt Air Gallery.

During this experience, students walked around Rockland's Main Street in small teams and interviewed different business employees about their daily work routines. On the day of their mock job interviews, the students dressed professionally, traveled to local businesses and participated in 20-minute nterviews there as if they were applying for employment at their assigned worksite.

Having completed this prerequisite requirement, Trekkers’ sophomore classes are now preparing for 10-day Cross-America Trekkers expeditions that take place this summer. Along with adult mentors from the community, both groups will explore the Rocky Mountains region of Colorado. They will explore several national parks, such as Mesa Verde, Arches and Canyonlands National Park, and learn about the flora, fauna and environmental issues in the area. They will also complete a service project and participate in a cultural exchange during their educational expeditions.

For more information, call 594-5095 or visit trekkers.org.

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