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RCS partners with Junior Achievement to prepare students for careers

About 20 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students in a Career and Financial Management class recently had the opportunity to learn from a volunteer from Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York as part of the Junior Achievement Career Success program.

Amina Drine, a trained Junior Achievement volunteer, visited the class throughout the semester to discuss the skills students will need when applying for, interviewing for, and keeping a job. Topics included:

  • Understanding the four Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity;
  • Having strong “soft skills” such at teamwork and problem solving
  • Setting work priorities;
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and other growth industries; and
  • Resumes, cover letters, interviews and digital profiles.

“Ms. Drine was full of positive energy,” business teacher Antoinette Randall said. “Her presentations and class activities were interesting, informative, engaging and gave my students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to get and keep a job.”

Students agreed that the partnership was a success. Sophomore Selena Boehlke said she learned many valuable lessons.

“I especially liked the body language lessons and college tips. Now, I am actually considering applying to Bryant and Stratton College in my senior year,” Boehlke said.

“The class really helped me understand how to approach interviews. That will help me a lot with my future,” junior Savannah Ireland added.