PITTSBURG — Teens can learn how to interview and be a good employee at an employment workshop hosted by Wesley House.

Wesley House Family Stability Case Manager Lou Ann Colyer will be using the Bring Your A Game to Work program, which is a nationally recognized employment curriculum.

Colyer said she typically teaches the program to adults, but Wesley House received an Elm Acres Foundation Grant, giving the organization an opportunity to reach out to teens between the ages of 16 and 18 over the next year.
“We’re happy to offer this to high school students so they can be a success at their first jobs and interviews,” she said.“Those skills will carry over to jobs after college.”

The curriculum focuses on developing a work ethic and the soft skills employers are looking for — including professionalism, relational skills, conflict resolution and a willingness to take direction.

It focuses on seven foundational work ethic behaviors: attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, accountability, acceptance and appreciation.

Colyer said good job interviews and a good work ethic is important for getting and keeping a job, starting from accountability to appreciation.

“Learning to be accountable really instills in you excellent life skills and behaviors that could be used at work and in your personal life,” she said.

Colyer said responsibility is another key to being a good employee.

“You can’t control things around you, but you can control how you respond to things around them,” she said.

She said attendance is also important, “your word is your bond” she said.

“If you say one o'clock, it’s one o'clock — people are counting on you,” Colyer said. “Being at work on time makes a difference.

“It shows how reliable you are, even little things like showing up everyday.”

Colyer said Kansasworks will present to the class and the class will take a trip to Kansasworks to get resumes and make sure they have a Kansasworks account.

At the end of the class, students will have an opportunity to take a 35 question test and if they get 90 percent correct they will receive a certificate and letter, which they can present to their future employers.

The four day class will be from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on July 31, 1 to 4 p.m. August 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 2 and 1 to 4 p.m. on August 3.

Breakfast and lunch will also be provided on the Monday and Wednesday and snacks on the Tuesday and Thursday.

Colyer said it is preferred each student is preregistered to make sure everyone has a notebook. A workbook, text and journal will be provided.

To register call (620) 232-3760 extension 5 or email Colyer at wesleyhousecasemanager@yahoo.com

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.