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Dining with Prepared, Polished and Professional

Students enrolled in the GOCF System of Care at Monroe Area High School got a lesson in dining etiquette during their weekly session on March 21.  A practice meal was catered in by students in the Culinary Arts program at Athens Technical College, as students made their way through three courses of tableware and conversation.  "Knowing how to manage a formal table setting will make you more comfortable in a business environment," said CIS executive director Angela Yarman, who taught the class.  "You may receive an award, a scholarship, or be invited to a meal as part of a job interview.  Knowing how to make other people feel comfortable in your company is an important skill."

Building a Community of Support

The Walton County Chamber of Commerce invited Communities In Schools to be its program at the March membership luncheon at Monroe Golf & Country Club.  CIS executive director Angela Yarman opened the program with an overview of the CIS 5 Basics.  

Bryan Hicks, principal at Monroe Area High School, and Jodi Weber, principal at Social Circle Elementary School shared the positive impact of CIS on their schools.  "It's been great for us," said Mr. Hicks.  "It's nice to have this kind of support from the community.  They just come in and get things done." 

"We have seen a real impact on attendance, discipline and the relationships we have in the community," said Mrs. Weber.  "It has been very positive."

MAHS student Chelsea Smith told the audience how CIS is helping her reach her goals.  "I want to go to Savannah State University and study to become a school social worker," she said.  CIS has helped me decide on a career and make a plan.  I am going to Prepared, Polished and Professional and CIS is helping me get some eyeglasses.  I am really thankful."

Board member Bill Inabinet, who chairs the Career and College Expo and co-chairs the CIS fund raising campaign, closed the program by telling the audience how they can become part of the community of support by registering for the Expo, signing up to be a Career Coach, donating to the professional clothing closet and liking us on Facebook. "We all know the impact education has on the economy," he said, "and that's why, as a community, we have to support our students and help them succeed."


Career Coaches Guide Students at MAHS

Amanda Pawich, project manager with the
Walton County Juvenile Court, talks with two students
 about careers in social work and juvenile justice.
Students in the Prepared, Polished and Professional series  at Monroe Area High School were introduced to their Career Coaches during Wednesday's session.  Career Coaches are volunteers from the community who make a commitment to work one-on-one with a student who is interested in pursuing the kind of career the volunteer holds.  

Two nurses from Clearview Regional Medical Center talk with
 a student about the different options available in nursing.
Career coaches help guide students with information about the necessary skills, traits and training needed to succeed in the specified career.  They also let the students know about opportunities such as internships, job shadowing, seminars, and other resources and help students with applications for scholarships and letters of recommendation. "Our students enjoyed meeting their coaches today and learned so much from them," said CIS Site Coordinator Ivy Corder.  "We appreciate the volunteers and their commitment to our students."

GBI at CMS Lunch Bunch

This week's Lunch Bunch at Carver Middle School featured Lisa Callahan, toxicologist with the State Crime Lab at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  Her advice for students who are interested in in a career with the Crime Lab:  "Work hard in math and science and don't do drugs...ever."  Lunch Bunch is a six-week career exploration which students attend voluntarily during their lunch break.  About 75 students are participating. 

Lunch Bunch Explores Careers at Carver Middle

Over the next six weeks, students at Carver Middle School will have the opportunity to sit down face-to-face in small groups with adults from the community who are employed in the careers that the students are interested in pursuing.  The CIS Lunch Bunch Program will bring in a different adult each week exploring careers from crime scene investigation to culinary arts.  The students are selected based on their stated career interest and meet with the presenter during lunch. 

This week, the students met with Jack Armstrong, a firefighter from the Monroe Fire Department.  Mr. Armstrong talked with the students about the training required for the job, starting salary and what it is like to work at the Fire Department.  The series will run on Wednesdays through April.

Site Coordinator Amy Hunnewell facilitates the program. "This is a great way for students to begin to understand what the world of work is really like,"  She said.  "It helps them see how their school work is related to their future."


College and Career Expo Set for April 12

Communities In Schools of Walton County, the Walton County Chamber of Commerce and the Walton County Board of Commissioners will present the 2nd Annual College and Career Expo on April 12 at Meridian Park.  Juniors from Loganville High School, Monroe Area High School, Walnut Grove High School, Social Circle High School, George Walton Academy and Loganville Christian Academy will attend the exhibit featuring more than 100 businesses and colleges.

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CIS Career Day at SCES

Students at Social Circle Elementary School got a glimpse of the world of work last week at the Communities In Schools Career Day.  More than 20 exhibitors spent the afternoon talking with students about careers ranging from construction and auto-mechanics to sports and music to public safety and law.  

CIS Site Coordinator Debra Rakestraw and the SCES Site Team planned the event, which brought each of the three grades (3rd, 4th and 5th) through the exhibit for some one-on-one time with adults who set up displays to explain their careers. 

"This is such a great opportunity for our students to see how the things they are learning in the classroom will apply to their futures," said SCES Principal Jodi Weber.  "Having the community come to the school to share their careers with our students is so valuable and we appreciate all of them."  

Exhibitors expressed how much they enjoyed seeing the students, especially those who had taken their "dress for success" instructions to heart.  "The kids are great," said Jennifer Broun, Community Relations Coordinator for Walton EMC.  "They are really taking it seriously and asking thoughtful questions."