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26May

Partners In Education

By Portage County Business Council

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It has been a busy spring for Partners in Education programming.

Most recently, PIE hosted mock interviews for 8th grade students at Ben Franklin Jr. High School. Participating students were part of Art Greco and Kate Kaster’s College and Career Readiness course. 35 students were paired with 35 business representatives and asked general interview questions. The students had the opportunity to hear feedback on their interviewing skills and gain real-world, practical advice from the interviewers. Kayla Rombalski, PCBC’s Director of Talent Development stated “Partners in Education programming like these mock interviews provide a unique opportunity for area business representatives to interact with the future workforce, allowing Portage County’s business community to take a hands-on role in the education of potential future employees. Many of the interviewers were incredibly impressed by the professionalism and caliber of these 8th grade students.”

In addition to the mock interviews PIE arranged for classroom speakers to visit the 8th grade class as well. Reality Shops were held for Rosholt High School, Tomorrow River (Amherst) High School, and SPASH. The Reality Shop experience gives students experience in balancing a budget and prepares them for the experiences they may have after college or post-secondary goals. Using an assigned salary based on their career aspirations students make choices to complete their monthly budget. Some students find themselves divorced, some are married, and many have children. Budgeting within those unique life situations opens students eyes to the importance of making wise fiscal decisions early in life.

Special thanks to all who volunteered at PIE’s spring programs. We could not impact students without your dedication and support. Thank you!